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Battle For Cancer Heads To Track In Relay For Life

Posted May 18, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— The battle against cancer has moved from the research labs to the outdoors for at least one night. Hundreds of people are making this year'sRelay For Lifebigger and better.

Jennifer Akins was in her first year of college when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins' lymphoma. Today, she is a four-year cancer survivor. She hopes her two-year-old daughter will not have to go through the same thing that she went through.

"It touches the whole community. It's everybody who you have contact with," Akins says. "I don't think there is anybody who has not been affected by it."

The Relay For Life will continue until 1 p.m. Saturday at the Leesville High School track. Last year's event raised over $100,000. This year, organizers hope to double that amount.