Relay: 'Someone in your lifetime... will be affected by cancer

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- At Umpqua Community College, the track and field inside it started the week bare, but come Friday afternoon, nearly 1,000 people will gather to take a stand against cancer.

So far, 57 teams have dedicated themselves to walking 24 hours around the track for Douglas County's Relay for Life.

Karen Collier is the event chair, and says that everyone has a very good reason to Relay. "There will be someone in your lifetime, unfortunately, that will be affected by cancer," Collier said. "That's how, you know, how big it is."

Karen has experienced the devastation of cancer personally, having lost her brother 15 years ago and escaping it herself.
"I'd like to help people who have cancer because I've been there myself and I'm a survivor, but I would like to be able to make it to where no one comes in and says, "I'm sorry, you have cancer.""

Opening ceremonies are set for Friday at 6:00 pm, but events at the track will start early in the afternoon.