At 6 p.m. Saturday, Ashley Chapman will take a long walk in Marcellus.
The Skaneateles native isn't just going for a leisurely walk in the park though. She'll be walking for Relay for Life in her mom's honor and for others who have passed away from cancer. Chapman's mom, Kristine, lost her battle with small cell cancer just a few years ago.
"It's not that common at all but unfortunately it is very fast paced," Chapman said. "When she found out she had it she was given a couple weeks to live, but she responded well to the treatment and ended up living for another year, almost to the exact date, actually."
Chapman, a college senior, has seen cancer take a toll on her family over the years. She said the disease is common in her family. Not only has she lost her mom, but also both her grandfathers and her aunt (Kristine's sister). Her grandmother overcame her battle with breast cancer.
"It's something we have had to deal with a lot. When my mom got it, we all became incredibly involved with researching it and, especially when she passed, I personally have become very involved with these races," Chapman said.
Though this is her first year being involved with Relay for Life, Chapman said she has raced in Race for the Cure four times. She became involved because of how much the disease has affected her, she said.
Along with a friend, Chapman has formed a team for the walk. Though she may not have everything down pat, the team does know how to raise big bucks really fast. The more she's talked about the event to people, the more money has been selflessly donated to the cause.
The team's goal is set at $2,500 and two weeks ago they already hit $1,000.