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Relay for Life hosted at Darton College

A Lee County cheer squad leads off the Survivors' Walk. (Source:WALB) A Lee County cheer squad leads off the Survivors' Walk. (Source:WALB)
The Albany Elite Tigers were one of 32 teams to participate in the event. (Source:WALB) The Albany Elite Tigers were one of 32 teams to participate in the event. (Source:WALB)
The goal is to raise $138,000 towards cancer research. (Source:WALB) The goal is to raise $138,000 towards cancer research. (Source:WALB)
Cancer survivors participate in the survivor's walk. (Source:WALB) Cancer survivors participate in the survivor's walk. (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of people walked Friday night to raise awareness for cancer and money to support cancer patients and research. The 22nd annual Relay for Life was held at Darton State College.

32 teams were out continuing to raise funds to find a cure for cancer. Organizers and participants say each year the event gets better.

A Lee County cheer squad lead off the Survivors' Walk around the track at Darton State College. Joining them was Prostate Cancer Survivor Robert Clayton.

"I'm a survivor thank you for that. Also my mother had cancer but unfortunately she did not survive she lived a very short time," said Clayton.

The event made Clayton's 5th year with his supporters from the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. They were one of 32 teams that participated in the event.

"This is one of our national organizations helping to raise money to defeat cancer," said Clayton.

So far the teams raised $100,000 for the American Cancer Society.

"A lot of our money that's what it goes to is towards the research to hopefully find a cure for cancer one day so that we can celebrate more survivors," said Community Manager Elyse Bower.

The newest addition to the event was the Harry & Jane Willson Garden of Hope, started by the American Cancer Society.

Sunnyland Farms COO Alex Willson lost his grandfather, Harry, to Prostate Cancer in 2004.

"It was a long battle and it's just a great place here at Relay for Life where people can put up story boards about loved ones that they've lost," said Willson.

Willson hopes the garden will bring awareness to finding a cure for cancer.

"It's really a universal kind of problem that everybody is facing so it kind of just brings awareness to that," said Willson.

The goal was to raise $138,000. Relay for Life will continue at Darton State College until 1 a.m.

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