Gallery: Community comes together at McLeod during Relay For Life

Jonathan Herding 4 of Team Noridian on Friday evening at the 21st Annual Stutsman County Relay for Life. Tom La Venture  The Sun

The annual Relay For Life of Butler County coped with some unseasonably warm temperatures on Friday, June 9 at Butler County Memorial Field in David City.

In addition to assisting Wilson County cancer patients with services like free housing, networking with other survivors and informational support, the American Cancer Society now has $8.5 million in cancer research projects in Tennessee.

Bernier explained the goal of the Relay for Life teams, and how the commitment of the volunteers is integral to the success of the American Cancer Society. That research is performed at facilities like Vanderbilt Medical Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Since the Greene County Relay for Life's formation in 1995, the event had been held at the Greeneville Middle School Track.

Live auctions, food and music also were at the event in order to raise money.

Such was the case Friday evening as the 2017 Relay for Life opening ceremonies began, promptly at 6 p.m.

"Cancer is something that never sleeps, so we go for 24 hours", explained Bernier. "Everyone we know has been affected by cancer in some way Family members, loved ones".

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