Washington County Relays For Life

- HAGERSTOWN, Md. - With their sneakers laced up, more than 500 people gathered at Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park Friday, to celebrate those won, lost or are currently fighting their battle with cancer.

"Tonight its really about providing hope for the community for those who are battling cancer," said Tom Sweeney, marketing and publicity chair for Washington County Relay For Life.

A few clouds and rain drops didn't keep the walkers and runners from missing a step. Fifty-five teams and at least 512 participants showed up for the Disney themed all-nighter.

For survivor Laurie Meyers, the annual event is a time to let loose and reflect on her seven year battle with cancer. After a long journey, she describes her success after the dark time as a blessing.

"Our team is 'Snow White and the Many Dwarfs,' and I picked the name Blessed as my dwarf name because over the years, [with] everything that's happened to me...I'm very blessed to be here," said Meyers.

The Washington County Relay For Life movement has raised over $130 thousand for the American Cancer Association and is anticipating to exceed that number. But for it's participants, its not just about the money.

"Through out the night we have a lot of ceremonies that celebrate survivors, remember those that have lost their battles with cancer and it encourages people to fight back against cancer," said Sweeney.

And although the theme of this year's relay was Disney, the real message was about hope.

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