2015 McCracken Relay For Life honors survivors, lives lost to cancer

It was a big night in the fight against cancer, as hundreds of people came together to support those who have passed and survived cancer at the 2015 McCracken County Relay For Life.

Nearly $350,000 was raised by 42 teams, according to the American Cancer Society.

The annual event was a bit different this year. It’s no longer an overnight event. People walked until midnight at the McCracken County High School track. The theme for 2015: the 80s!

What hasn’t changed is the passion behind the cause: finding a cure for cancer. Also, supporting the survivors.

“It’s pretty emotional to watch them take their lap and for us to be apart and cheer them on as they come around the track,” Tammy Thompson, a member of the West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s team.

The group dressed up as characters from the popular 1980s video game Pac-Man. There was Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, even ghosts. Their motto? 

“Taking a bite out of cancer,” Thompson said with a laugh. “We think it’s kind of unique.”

“We have former students, current students, faculty, staff, all here as part of the WKCTC team to support this event,” Thompson explained.

She says one of their own recently beat cancer.

For others at Friday night’s event, it’s about honoring loved ones lost. Ross and Aimee Mitchell both lost a parent to lung cancer, within a week of each other.

“It’s a tribute to them,” Ross Mitchell said.

“This is obviously a cause that we feel very strongly about,” his wife Aimee said.

Despite what cancer stole from them, the Mitchells say this event is also about hope.

“Who knows. We might have cancer someday and need this more than ever,” Ross said. “So, it’s a way for us to give back a little.”

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