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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of cancer survivors, caregivers and supporters laced up their shoes at Darton College for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

People stand by the meaning of life at Relay for Life, including Kim Hipsher who almost lost her son Hunter when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer when he was 10 months old. Now, he's a six-year old cancer free ball of energy.

"It was tragic and I couldn't even imagine I was losing my brother," said his brother Austin Hipsher.

The survivors start the first lap at 7:30 p.m.. Austin and his mom can't wait to join Hunter for the next lap.

"I felt bad when I was sick because I couldn't play outside," Hunter Hipsher said.

As other caregivers and friends join in, so do the seniors from Sherwood Academy's football team. They honor former coach Rock Knapp who's in remission from cancer in his bone marrow.

Connie McCoy is another reason to celebrate life. She's a 36-year breast and colon cancer survivor

"It gives me more strength and courage to face what I have to face today," McCoy said.

Same goes for Jessica McKinney who's here to join in on the fun, games, and food while she celebrates 13 years of surviving breast cancer.

"It feels good to get a checkup and get a good report from him and the Lord," McKinney said.

As the sun goes down, Austin and his mom, along with the hundreds out here will use this stomping ground to fight back against cancer.

Walkers and runners will be at Darton College until 7:00 Saturday morning. Some are sleeping and camping out but others will walk through the night to raise money for the fight. About 50 teams registered to participate in this year's Relay for Life at Darton.

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