DENISON, TX -- Fifteen hundred people die of cancer each day, according to the American Cancer Society. Friday night hundreds of Texomans fought back one step at a time at the Grayson County Relay for Life.
Relay for Life is not only about remembering those who lost their battle to the disease it is also a tribute to those who have survived.
Cheyene Guedea says she was beside herself when she found out she had a rare and aggressive form of Leukemia at the age of only 15.
"My first reaction was kind of like getting hit in the gut and I just broke down crying and the first words out of my mouth were I don't want to die," Guedea said.
However, it did not take long for her to stand up and fight back against the disease.
"After the initial shock I was just like you know what? Game on. I can't sit here and just let it happen I got to do something about it," Guedea said.
Her doctors used stem cells from two umbilical cords to help save her life.
"I was so fortunate. I was the first double cord transplant at Children's in Dallas," Guedea said.
Now she is taking giant steps in her road to recovery.
"I just felt like yea, i did it," exclaimed Guedea.
And along with Guedea hundreds of cancer survivors walked Friday night to celebrate their victory.
Relay for Life Event Coordinator Mary Linder says at the event there was about 500 survivors and says it is not only inspiring to see them walk together as one, but to see hundreds of more people join in with them.
"A lot of times when you are in the midst of the cancer journey either personally because you have it or because you have a loved one who's facing that struggle. Sometimes you feel a little bit alone in that and when you are out here on this track you realize you're not," Linder said.
Guedea says seeing the out pour of support and energy gives her something money cannot buy.
"It gives me a lot of hope for the future and not just survivors, but thrivers. I've been really big about that like everyone is not just eeking by they're thriving they know they won their fight and they're so happy," Guedea.
So far organizers say they have raised about 122,000 dollars, but their goal is to raise 50,000 more.