"This year, we had approximately 40 teams that registered", said event co-chair Belinda Anderson, who herself is a cancer survivor.
"For years I thought about it".
As community champion for the Sydney Relay for Life, taking place Friday at Centre 200 in Sydney, Phillips will be one of the guest speakers.
Lockett was diagnosed with cancer in 1993.More news: Macron says G7 wouldn't mind being 6, without US
"People will say to me, I don't know how you keep fighting?"
She also walked the track several times and put together a team to honour another family member, who lost a five-year battle with cancer. More than 500 Luminaria have been dedicated this year. "We fight to end cancer, to celebrate hope and more birthdays".
All came to be part of the Greater Niagara Relay For Life - an event that wages a battle against cancer by honoring victims, celebrating survivors and working toward a solution to the disease. Some, like Braga had beat breast cancer, for others it had been Lymphoma, the list went on. "The doctor immediately sent me for bloodwork and ordered a colonoscopy that had to be insurance-approved because I was not yet 50". 7 News is a sponsor of Relay for Life.
On June 8 starting at 4 p.m., the Relay for Life 2018 events will kick-off at Minot State University.More news: Austria set to shut down 7 mosques, could expel dozens of imams
Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with the survivor's reception followed by the opening ceremonies.
"Suddenly, we're a lot more accessible for people, we were having survivors park at PGSS and walk down to the event in previous years and this year, they can park near the survivor tent".
"(Survivors are) the reason why we plan this event", Zeller said.
This was Phoebe's second time participating in Relay for Life. "One thing I've learned is that you may not know the person you are walking next to on the track, but you share the same connection in some abstract way, and that's a handsome thing to share together". The money raised goes toward cancer research, free cancer patient programs and services and cancer education and prevention efforts, organizer Carolyn Zeller said. Dollars raised by 1.3 million Relay participants across the country help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in dozens of ways - from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness. "It's the survivors and caregivers that truly, truly understand the battle and the journey". "And the kids coming out to have fun, walk the track, and know that they are making a difference", she said.More news: Kanye West and Kid Cudi sampled Kurt Cobain on Kids See Ghosts