AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Cancer survivors and the people who love them were walking all night in Agawam Friday night.
Hundreds of people participated in the The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at the School Street Park in Agawam.
Pam Pudlow and her sister Sandra Saitto are both Cancer survivors. Pam’s been Cancer free for 43 years, since just before her daughter was born. She had feared at the time, that she might not live to see her daughter grow up.
Pam’s sister Sandra was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, about the same time their father died from the disease.
Both women say it’s important to maintain a positive attitude, a sentiment they wanted to share.
“People who have cancer can look at us and see that we are cleared of cancer, and that there is hope. And that you can be cured,” Pam told 22News. “I think that’s why I came; to show other people that you can beat cancer.”
The walkers planned to make their way around the School Street Park all night until noon Saturday. The money they raise goes to services in western Massachusetts and to fund research to find a cure.
22News is a sponsor of the Western Massachusetts Relays for Life. 22News I-Team Reporter Ryan Walsh helped kick off Friday night’s event.