Walking for a cure at Ludlow Relay for Life

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The rain didn’t keep the Relay for Life walkers from doing what they signed up for. 18 teams and nearly 200 people spent the day, and will spend the night, at Ludlow High School for a Relay for Life.

Every year, the American Cancer Society organizes these relays across western Massachusetts to raise money for cancer fighting research, and ultimately to find a cure.

Cancer survivor Barbara Banderpoel of South Hadley told 22News, “I feel very lucky. I’m lucky they found it early. That’s the main thing; if they find it early.”

“It’s a very emotional time for everyone,” said fellow cancer survivor Pat Proulx of Ludlow. “Especially once we start walking, and once they do the luminaries, which is very, very moving.”

The Relay for Life is also a way to honor and recognize the courageous fight of cancer survivors. All the survivors wear purple shirts and walk a survivor’s lap.

22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin served as the relay’s emcee.

The Ludlow Relay raised more than $23,000.

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