STORY AND PHOTOS BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE – One lost an uncle to cancer, another lost her grandmother.
One walked in honor of a mother-in-law who died, still another was walking to remember an aunt who lost her battle with the disease.
The fight against cancer brought 21 teams to Heritage Park in Kaysville, where they walked in relays throughout the night last Friday to raise money to fight cancer.
“Our goal is to make this cancer’s last century,” said Kaelynn Facer, co-chair of the event.
This year marks the 100th year of the American Cancer Society.
Throughout the country, 5,000 cities are holding Relay for Life events similar to the Kaysville overnighter, each with the purpose of raising money to fight cancer.
Because of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, more money comes to Utah than is raised by Utahns, said Facer.
“We have a strong cancer center here, so a lot comes back. We’re fortunate,” she said.
T-shirts listed the three-pronged focus of the relay: Celebrate. Remember. Fight back.
“We celebrate our survivors, we remember those that were lost and we fight back by taking action to help find a cure,” said Facer. “We want three out of three to survive instead of two out of three.”
Teens from the Clinton Youth Council made up one of the relay teams for the second year in a row.
This year, they dedicated their relay to the mother of Nathan Stokes, one of their members, and called themselves Kelly’s Krusaders in her honor.
Nathan Stokes said his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer nine months ago and has undergone surgery, chemotherapy and now radiation.
“She came for the survivor’s lap,” said Stokes. “It was so touching to see that my mom’s not the only one and we can all come together to celebrate their fighting this and the ones who survived, and to give our condolences to the ones who have not made it.”
Luminaria lined the path around Heritage Park, decorated with tributes to family members and friends who died of cancer.
“We believe,” said Glenda Scarborough, part of a team of 35 members sponsored by Merrill Lynch that was aiming to raise $10,000 to donate to the fight.
Scarborough traveled to Idaho and Montana for similar walks and was thrilled with the amount of support concerned family members and friends offered at the North Davis walk.
“Every team is doing their own thing in their own way, and all have a reason why they’re here,” said Facer. “It makes it so worthwhile and it gives us so much purpose.”
Jake Wrigley pulled his sons Kurtis and Remington in a wagon, circling the park again and again as the sky darkened.
He listed grandparents who lost their battles with cancer and said a brother survived his fight.
“We’re out here to raise money so that no one has to go through what they did,” he said.