Baldwinsville's Relay For Life was held this past weekend, Aug. 11 and 12 at the Baker High School athletic fields.
Survivors kicked the third annual Relay For Life off with a balloon launch where each balloon celebrated the number of years the survivors have been survivors. Afterwards, the walk began.
"The event was awesome," said Amy Norpell, the director of media relations for the American Cancer Society. "The past two years we have had rain and this event was beautiful."
Numerous teams participated in the overnight event including Team Marge's All Stars and the Baldwinsville Girls Field Hockey team who ran the track while others walked during the banner lap.
American Cancer Society Volunteer Ambassador Nancy St. Onge of Baldwinsville worked with volunteers at the advocacy table during the relay. St. Onge was encouraging participants to sign messages of hope onto a banner that the organization planned to bring to Washington, D.C. The banner will be on display for lawmakers at the American Cancer Society's Celebration on the hill in September.
As day turned to dusk, hundreds of luminary candles lined the track to spell out a message of HOPE in the bleachers.
Overall, the event had 18 teams and raised more than $38,000 to support the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy and services.
For more information about the American Cancer Society, visit cancer.org.