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Adams County Relay for Life raises $40K for cancer research

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - For just about every one of us, the word cancer hits close to home. That's why hundreds of Adams County residents are taking steps to end the deadly disease.

Friday night kicked off the annual Relay for Life at Quincy's Flinn Stadium. It's a night to not only celebrate cancer survivors and support those fighting the disease, but also to remember those who lost their battle.

"We want to celebrate and we want to remember those that have passed, and we want to fight back against cancer," Bobbi Wellman said.

Wellman speaks for everyone whose life has been touched by cancer. The two-time breast cancer survivor was one of 300 people who walked around the track at Flinn Stadium Friday to honor those who've died and those who are still fighting.
   
"This walk out here is a journey," Wellman said. "It's a journey for those of us who have survived cancer, it's a journey for those caregivers that have walked with us."
  
While Wellman's journey with cancer is in remission, 8-month-old Ellie Meyer's journey is just beginning. Baby Ellie has neuroblastoma, a cancer that has limited the use of her legs.
   
That's why her family, and complete strangers, did the walking for her.
   
"Just seeing everybody, it's a club you never want to be a part of," Ellie's father, Greg Meyer said. "It's a very strong and unique club and group of people that just are amazing in every way shape and form. This is just amazing."
   
No matter where the support comes from, Relay for Life proves the war against cancer is a community effort that inspires everyone to keep fighting.
   
"We don't want anybody to have to hear that cancer word. That's why we do the relay for life. We want to make sure we can fight cancer and some year, hopefully in my generation, we will not have to have anybody hear the cancer word," Meyer said.

Participants raised more than $40,000 that will go to the American Cancer Society.
   
Participants will continue making laps around the track at Flinn Stadium until 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

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