Relay for Life will raise money for a cure to cancer

Tomorrow's Relay for Life event will be at Harry & David Field in Medford.

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 4:06 AM
Updated: Aug 23, 2019 7:27 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Tomorrow, about a thousand people are going to be at Harry & David Field raising money for a cure to cancer. 

For more than 12 hours, people are going to be walking around the baseball diamond non-stop. The continuous walking symbolizes how cancer never quits. The Saturday event will last from 10 a.m. till about midnight. 

This year, the event is a little different. Areas in Southern Oregon decided to come together and hold one large relay instead of separate ones. Those areas include places in Curry, Douglas, Klamath, Jackson and Josephine County. 

Organizers want to raise a total of $100,000 for cancer research. 

"There's so many people that have heard those ugly words 'you have cancer,'" said Cindy Harboldt, a Relay for Life organizer and cancer survivor. "We're hoping that one day, we're not going to hear those words ever again. Or if you do hear those words, it's followed quickly by 'we have a cure.'" 

Harboldt has been involved with Relay For Life for years. She helped take care of people with cancer before, but eight years ago, she was diagnosed herself. She is celebrating her eighth year as a lung cancer survivor this year. 

Survivors at the relay will be in purple shirts. There will be about 150 of them, Harboldt said. 

"It's very touching," Harboldt said. "It is overwhelming. You see this sea of purple walking these tracks and you can't help but be touched. And like I said, it makes you realize you're not alone."

Relay for Life also wants to honor caregivers like Megan Bosse. She helped care for her mom, Cindy Harboldt. 

"It's a struggle for us as well to try and be that rock when you yourself are hurting and worried and trying to take care of them and yourself at the same time," Bosse said. "It's a journey you go on together."

For more information about tomorrow's Relay for Life event head to the link here

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