The Fluvanna County community is coming together to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research.
So far Fluvanna County Relay for Life has raised more than $75,000 - and in the last week before the big event, the numbers are still climbing.
This relay is on track to break all of Fluvanna's records. It's a personal triumph for Fluvanna families touched by cancer.
Karen White knows the impact of Relay for Life. She ran her first relay when she was battling breast cancer. Now a survivor for 20 years, White still relays for life.
"Relaying - it makes me feel like I'm giving back to someone," she said.
White is one of 77 cancer survivors signed up to run the relay Saturday. The second annual race has 51 registered teams, and is on track to exceed fundraising expectations.
"Last year the American Cancer Society thought we were going to raise $25,000 and we raised $85,000. This year we've raised $75,000 with our goal being $100,000 total," said Andi Cumbo, chair of Fluvanna's Relay for Life.
Raffles, karaoke and themed laps will keep pep in everyone's step during the 15-hour overnight relay.
"It's like a big state fair except that it's all free," Cumbo said.
Special memorials will honor lost loved ones, cancer survivors, caregivers and families along the way.
"At 10:00 at night they light the luminary bags and you can see all the people that's in memory of, the survivors, the caregivers, and if it doesn't touch your heart there's something wrong," White said.
White says she is amazed to watch the Fluvanna community come together to take strides against cancer.
"Anyone I see I ask for a donation to let them know that I am a cancer survivor and that I am relaying for Fluvanna," White said.
The Fluvanna relay is hosting a bank night to collect donations on Wednesday at Grace and Glory Lutheran Church.