F-M community helps to raise money for cancer at Relay for Life

Relay for Life at FM High School

It doesn't matter if you're walking, running, or even just moving on the track. The goal is the same for everyone at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

Kelly Muller helped to bring Relay for Life back to her school with the rest of her high school's science club after more than 10 years of going without it. "I think it shows everybody that there's support out there. You can see people who have dealt with it and you can see how they dealt with it," says Muller.

More than 500 members from the Fayetteville-Manlius community came out to the high school track. Everyone was raising money for the American Cancer Society, trying to help any way they can.

Andrea Aquino is with the East Syracuse chapter of the American Cancer Society. "It's been unbelievable the amount of support the community has shown. I have almost not at all ended a phone call with a no. Everyone has been, how can we help? What can we do? How do we get involved? That's not as common as you might think, so it's been overwhelming and incredible," says Aquino.

More than 65 teams are aiming to raise $100,000. So far they have raised more than $60,000. This money will go toward education, prevention and research for all types of cancer. If you were unable to attend this relay, you can still help.

Ben Gnacik oversees the students who helped to bring back this event. "The big part is funding research so that we make sure we don't have to do this for too long. The hope is that we don't have to worry about cancer research for much longer," says Gnacik.

Many neighbors out walking and jogging at Relay for Life say they are doing so because cancer has touched them in some way in their own lives.

"It was really, really hard when my cousin got cancer. We just didn't know what to do I just felt so helpless helping here. Thankfully she's in remission, but it was really hard," says Muller.

Rebecca Epling also helped to bring this event back to her high school by getting support from her school and community. "Cancer is such a deadly disease and it's touched almost everyone, I've had three family members who have had it, my brother was very close to having it. I think it's personal for almost everybody which is a very good reason why everybody should be here. Because if it touches everybody then everyone has a reason to get rid of it," says Epling.

Organizers of the F-M Relay for Life want to continue this event for years to come.