UT students walk until sunrise in annual Relay For Life fundrais

UT students walk until sunrise in annual Relay For Life fundraiser

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Nearly 1,200 people came out to walk until sunrise and the reason is because cancer doesn't sleep either. Nearly 1,200 people came out to walk until sunrise and the reason is because cancer doesn't sleep either.
UT students gave up their night for a heartfelt reason. "I'm walking for my mother. She was diagnosed with stage one cancer in 2011," added Shelton. UT students gave up their night for a heartfelt reason. "I'm walking for my mother. She was diagnosed with stage one cancer in 2011," added Shelton.
For cancer survivors seeing that every dollar that's raised by students selling goodies Friday is truly touching. For cancer survivors seeing that every dollar that's raised by students selling goodies Friday is truly touching.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There's a celebration happening Friday night on UT's campus, but it's not for the Vols. It's a way to fight cancer, students making laps in this year's annual Relay For Life.

Nearly 1,200 people came out to walk until sunrise and the reason is because cancer doesn't sleep either.

One step at a time, you could say that's how survivors beat cancer. On Friday they were leading Relay For Life with loved ones by their sides.

"It made my heart feel very warm inside just because I'm thankful for everyday that she's here with me," said UT student Whitney Shelton.

UT students gave up their night for a heartfelt reason. "I'm walking for my mother. She was diagnosed with stage one cancer in 2011," added Shelton.

Some here Friday chose to give more of themselves than just time, like Julie Stout, who at midnight was donating her hair in honor of a dear friend who lost her battle with cancer at just 23 years old.

"For me shaving my head symbolizes that you know, I think a woman's beauty is deeper than her hair. I think that even Allie without her hair she was beautiful," said Stout.

For cancer survivors seeing that every dollar that's raised by students selling goodies Friday is truly touching.

"The drug that got me into remission is called velcade for my myeloma. It was developed by an American Cancer Society researcher. I wouldn't be here today if we didn't have that. So I'm living proof that what we do works for people," said cancer survivor Bonnie Hufford.

Then there's the littlest survivors, like 8 year old Adam Worley, who was diagnosed with leukemia at two.

"He's doing good now. He's been cancer free for three years," said his dad Kelly Worley.

That's why his parents say it's not only a joy, it's a miracle watching him make the survivors lap.

"It brings me to tears because I know what he went through to get to where he's at today," added Worley.

Organizers say in the last 10 years or so Relay For Life has been on campus, students have raised more than $600,000.

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