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Event coordinators expected about 1,000 people in attendance for this year's “Relay For Life.” Coordinators say there are 61 teams and about 225 cancer survivors at the O’Gorman Football Field.

Between the crowd, the mascots and the cheerleaders, it’s a celebration at this year’s “Relay For Life,” a fundraiser for cancer research.

It’s all for people like Shelli Christensen, who has her own set of cheerleaders walking next to her for support.

“When I was 19 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease. I went through 6 months’ worth of chemo treatments and have now had a clean bill of health,” said Christensen.

This year marks 20 years of being cancer free. Even though she won the battle,
Christensen says she knows the importance of continuing to fight.

“Cancer research is still carrying on and we need to help those that still have cancer fight the battle ever,” said Christensen.

Inside the field is a family carrying signs, remembering a little boy so close to their hearts.

“My grandson Mullen was diagnosed with cancer in April of 2008 and passed away in September 2008 at the ripe old age of 8,” said Judi Hendrick.

Their army of around 20, bears the shirt, "Mullen's Miracle Team.'
It’s colored in orange, his favorite color.

“It is refreshing. It's a memorial to Mullen. We always remember Mullen,” said Hendrick.

Relay For Life is 12 hours long, going until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. The money that is raised from this year’s relay will help with cancer research and education. Event organizers hope to raise $200,000 this year. Last year they raised about $183,000.
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