CORUNNA — Hundreds of people turned out Saturday at McCurdy Park for the Shiawassee County Relay For Life, an annual event that raises money to fund cancer research.

Bernard Harvey who helped with the event said the reason he got involved was that his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago.

“She’s out here today actually and my daughter is serving as team captain,” he said.

Jessica Douglas, the event’s organizer, said she has been participating in events similar to Relay For Life since high school when a favorite teacher of hers was diagnosed with cancer.

Her family started a team nine years ago in recognition of her grandmother.

“She was a 57-year survivor who had cancer like three times. We really started our team for her in her honor,” she said.

She said an event such as for Relay For Life is good because it gets the community all focused on the same one thing.

“It brings the community around for one cause,” she said. “No matter who you are you have been touched by cancer in some way. Everybody knows someone who’s had it, has it or has lost their lives to it. So an event like this is really important to get awareness out and rally around people affected by cancer.”

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