---- — DERRY — Dozens of 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 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.
Hundreds of participants took part in the Relay this year to support the American Cancer Society. Teams camped out at the Pinkerton track. They represented schools, local businesses, churches and clubs. They took turns walking the track to raise awareness, share stories and remember everyone touched by cancer.
At the Relay’s start, a “Survivors’ Lap” kicked things off.
Once darkness fell, participants lighted hand-decorated luminaries, personalized with the names of those battling cancer.
The Relay for Life in Derry is one of the state’s largest, ranking near the top of the list for New England events.