Relay for Life: 'Nobody deserves to deal with cancer'

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Tawnee Brunson

EUGENE, Ore. - Thousands of people will be walking on the track at Willamette High School on Friday for the annual Relay for Life event.

The 24-hour event in Eugene is one of the largest cancer fundraisers in the country.

Organizers are expecting 6,000 people to walk the track at this year's event.

Among those that will be walking on the track this weekend is Tawnee Brunson.

Brunson's husband, Thomas, was a successful businessman and father of three.

It wasn't long after Thomas turned 40 that this healthy father of three was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer: Carcinoid Cancer.
"He had some abdominal pain that had not gone away," Brunson said.

Two years after being diagnosed, her husband lost his battle with cancer.

"It doesn't discriminate, it doesn't care if you're 4 or 40 or 104," Brunson said. "He could have made even more of a difference if given the opportunity."

This weekend Brunson is hoping to help save lives and raise awareness about the need for better cancer research.

"They're not just names and faces, they're sons, they're daughters; they're dads, they're moms. They matter, they've made a difference in their lives," Brunson said. "They didn't ask for it, nobody deserves to deal with cancer."

The event runs from 6 p.m. on Friday through 6 p.m. on Saturday at Willamette High School.

Participants can sign up on the American Cancer Society's website until midnight on Thursday. You can also sign up in person at Willamette High School on Friday. >>> Learn More