Walking all night to fight cancer in Franklin County

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of walkers planned to circle the track all night long, in the rain if necessary, to raise money to fight cancer in Franklin County.

They broke out the umbrellas for the “survivors walk” Friday night at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield. Hundreds of survivors, family members, and volunteers are supporting the effort to find a cure, people battling cancer, and to remember those who fought bravely and are no longer with us.

“…Be committed to keeping the memory alive of the people that we have lost. And seeing them, and the smiles and the joy that it brings them knowing that the people that have gone before them have not been forgotten. so that’s a huge part of it,” Franklin County Relay for Life Co-chair Sue Pennison told 22News.

Greenfield resident Alice Garey survived cancer 21 years ago, and has been walking for the past 11 years.  “I’ve been here since 2003, and it’s been getting better every year.  Every single year. And I’m a survivor since 1993,” said Garey.  “And I just thank God, and am praising for my survival. I just love everybody here.  They’re kind and good.”

22News is one of many sponsors of the western Massachusetts Relays for Life. 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Adam Strzempko welcomed the walkers Friday night. Friday night’s walk was the 19th year of the Franklin County Relay in Greenfield.

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