ALTOONA – Hundreds of area residents are getting together this weekend to celebrate life, honor memories and fight a deadly disease.
The Central Blair Relay for Life held opening ceremonies Friday at Altoona’s Mansion Park. It’s the 21st year for the local event, established to fight cancer.
Participants hope to raise $190,000 to help area cancer patients and to support research against the disease. Fifty-four teams and 300 survivors are expected to take part in the 24-hour event.
Relay Event Leader Sue Boland says, “there are tears that we all share throughout the event, but there are so many heartwarming stories, the love that is passed along through this 24 hours is just unbelievable.”
Despite the delay due to Friday night’s storms, the survivors took a lap in hope of a cure.
As Central Blair Relay for Life Ambassador Tim Behe explains, “I’m happy to be done. I’m happy to be a survivor. Last year, I walked as a survivor, but I was still fighting and to me being done wih chemo and radiation, this is a true survivor lap tonight and I’m happy to survive that with my wife and family.”
Everyone is invited to visit the Central Blair Relay for life, which concludes Saturday at 1 p.m. event.
Relays for Cambria County and the Moshannon Valley are are also taking place this weekend.