Knoxville women volunteer for Relay for Life in honor of relativ

Knoxville women volunteer for Relay for Life in honor of relatives who fought cancer

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"One thing I like about Relay for Life is that it's for all cancers," said Debi Gunter. "One thing I like about Relay for Life is that it's for all cancers," said Debi Gunter.
Rachel Nunley says she is fighting back in memory of her grandmother who died from ovarian cancer. Rachel Nunley says she is fighting back in memory of her grandmother who died from ovarian cancer.
By KRISTIN FARLEY
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - World's Fair Park will be transformed from a tranquil scene into a huge celebration Friday night as Knoxville Metro's Relay for Life kicks off. It wouldn't be possible without volunteers from the community, hoping to find a cure for cancer.

"One thing I like about Relay for Life is that it's for all cancers," said Debi Gunter.

Gunter and Rachel Nunley are new to Relay for Life this year. Neither could pass up the opportunity to help in the fight against cancer.

Gunter is relaying in honor of her sister.

"We are celebrating it now every day that she is cancer free and each CT scan will be negative," said.

Gunter's sister, Charolette Pumroy, now lives cancer free after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012. It wasn't an easy journey.

"[They] gave her chemo and she was okay, and three months cancer had returned in her pancreas," Gunter said.

Thinking it my be the last chance to spend time together, the sisters took a trip to New York City in November of 2013. When they got back, doctors said Charolette was getting better.

"Slowly after that, the tumor was shrinking and shrinking, and in March they decided she was in full remission, cancer free," said Gunter.

Rachel Nunley says she is fighting back in memory of her grandmother who died from ovarian cancer.

"She fought every day. Every day was a battle and a struggle, and she was such a strong woman," said Nunley of her grandmother, Zella Webb.  

Webb was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and fought six long years before she died.

Seeing how hard it was for her grandmother, Nunley wants to do her part to help others fighting the disease by joining in Relay..

"For all the survivors out there who get to have one more birthday, or grandmothers who get to spend one more year with their grandchildren," said Nunley.
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