EUGENE, Ore. -- Those taking to the track and walk the Relay For Life know it is a night full of love, memories and hope for the future.
Eugene hosts a large Relay For Life event at the Willamette High School track each year, raising money for cancer research.
Wendy Shannon is of the hundreds of survivors who spent Friday walking for a cure.
Shannon is going on her 21st year free of cervical cancer. She said wanting to watch her kids grow up was what got her through her battle.
“I was a young mom, and I had to raise my kids. I was all by myself, I only had my parents and that was it, it was my kids,” said Shannon.
Three generations of her family have been affected by cancer.
Having fought the battle, Shannon said she is able to help other family members through their battle.
“I know that my aunt was done fighting and it was hard for us that have survived and wanted her to keep fighting, but I understand,” said Shannon said.
Her family member, Ashley Carey, said Relay for Life events remind anyone whose life has been affected by cancer that their community is there to offer support.
"You're not alone, never alone. And you felt isolated,” said Carey.
Shannon is walking the track with her grandmother, who is a cancer survivor as well. They will take turns holding a staff adorned with pictures of family members who have passed away.
“(They’re) looking down at us today and telling us to keep going,” said Shannon.