Cancer Survivors and Supporters Take Steps Towards Cure

Patie Dunway, survivor
Patie Dunway, survivor

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Magic Island got the magic of Hollywood Saturday as the American Cancer Society rolled out the red carpet for people determined to win the battle against cancer.

Cancer is a deadly disease but the event was a celebration of life. Judging by the turnout, a lot of people came in good spirits for the life-saving cause.

The theme this year was "Magic Island goes Holly wood" and the stars were cancer survivors .

Organizers say this year, there were a record number of survivors - 150 of them.

Last year there were 103.

"Relay for Life" is more than just a fundraiser for cancer research.

Participants say the comradarie helps those suffering from the disease cope.

"It's hard for me to express but I'm just very thankful that I'm here. I went through many hurdles. Had many challenges but I got through it," says Patie Dunway, a breast cancer survivor.

2,000 people were expected to attend.

Islanders and visitors walked from sun down until sun up.

The relay started at 7 p.m Saturday and ended at 7 a.m. Sunday.

It was a long walk, but there was a lot of support, a lot of activities and entertainment to keep evryone's spirits up throughout the night.