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SUPERIOR- The c–word, a life altered in just one moment.Cancer survivor, Tanna Parker said, "that was like getting punched in the stomach, your whole world kind of stopped, and lots of worry, I remember. Lots of worry."
A cancer diagnosis can seem like a death sentence.
Parker said, "how long am I going to live, what am I going to do, who's going to take care of this?"
Survivor, Brett Senn said, "you just hope for the best and go through it what you got to do."
However, these people refuse to go silently into the night.
At the relay for life they walk for themselves, they walk for each other, and they walk for those who are no longer here to walk.
American Cancer Society relay specialist, Sara Mowchan said,"it's an all-night event because cancer never sleeps, so we're doing it in symbolism of fighting the fight."
Hundreds of bags line the track symbolizing those who celebrate their victory and remembering those that have passed.
Paker said, "once you go through it, you know, you just know that you're strong enough to do anything."
Senn said, "don't give up hope."
Their caregivers join them as their biggest cheerleaders.
Caregiver, Kim Gralewski said, "I just help her get through it that's all, she's been my BFF since we were babies."
Caring for a sick loved one is hard.
Gralewski said, "I would do a lot of crying in front of her, but it is hard, it's overwhelming."
The relay creates a space for families to embrace joy.
Parker said, "you just have to get used to the new normal and do what you can and be grateful."
Also, to share hope with others who might be new on the journey.
Parker said, "wherever you can find your strength, find it."