Hundreds of people gathered at Northside High School to take part in Roanoke's Relay for Life event.
"I think these events bring us closer in a different way" said event organizer, Chelsea Yeatts." Everybody knows someone who has been touched by cancer and this is a great way to come together and share with others to celebrate those loved ones and honor those who have fought that battle."
Cancer survivor Tim Crum was first diagnosed nearly a decade ago. He said that, at one point, doctors thought the disease was gone.
"I thought I was cancer free and them 7 years later I was diagnosed with cancer again" said Crum. "This last go round was tough and I ended up at Duke University and had a stem cell transplant."
Crum said he now has a new lease on life. Battling cancer is a struggle many families share. Ninth grader, Avery Wirt, has a father, Brad, who is currently at the hospital for cancer treatment. Avery, along with his family and his friends, take part in Relay for Life events to show their support.
"Everyone can be strong for some time but they also need a shoulder to lean on when times get tough that's why we are here" said Tyler Kaminski, Brad Wirt supporter.
Some patients survived, some families continue their struggle and others walk to honor those who unfortunately lost the battle. together they hope to have the strength and resource needed to win the fight against cancer.
More than 80 team took part in this year's Relay for Life in Roanoke.