DERRY — More than 90 teams made up of friends, coworkers, students and families walked the track for hope, for families, for loved ones they lost and for those they never met.
The annual Greater Derry Londonderry Relay for Life event was held Friday and Saturday — an 18-hour relay offering hope and support for those dealing with cancer and to honor the memories of those who fought the battle and lost.
More than 90 teams and 1,000 participants took part in the Relay this year to support the American Cancer Society. Teams camped out at the Pinkerton track and represented schools, local businesses, churches and clubs, all taking turns walking the track to raise awareness, share stories and remember everyone touched by cancer in some way or another.
At the Relay’s start, a “Survivors’ Lap” kicked things off, with about 175 survivors signed up to make the first circle around the track.
Once darkness fell on the track, team members lighted hand-decorated luminaries, personalized with names of those facing cancer in their lives.
This year’s goal was $223,000; donations are still coming in.
The Relay for Life in Derry is one of the state’s largest, ranking near the top of the list for New England’s 236 events.