Relay lights night for cancer cure

Families walk for Relay for Life. / Jessica Fairley

Friday night in Albany a group of families and friends are donated their support for cancer.

The American Cancer Society painted the town purple for its annual Relay for Life campaign.

The event was held at the Albany Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

Before lighting luminaries and releasing balloons for survivors, people started walking in support of cancer survivors around 6:00 p.m.

About 45 teams, consisting of anywhere from five to 40 people, circled around the track.

There was a Mr. Relay contest, vendors for shopping, games for children, food, music and dancing.

The event had something for everyone and all the fun will continue through the night.

"We get the teams to have someone on the track at all times and it's significant of cancer never sleeps and we can stay up as a community for one night in support of them," said Kathy Culbreth, Chairperson of Relay for Life.

Each one of the luminaries represented a person battling cancer. For each bag, there was a person who bought it in support of a patient's survival.

The funds will help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Last year, Relay for Life raised $105,000.

This year they're expecting to raise around $120,000.

The chairperson says they're well on the way to making that goal.