Troy Local Kicks off Relay for Life

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According to the National Cancer Institute, since the early 1990's, the number of people diagnosed with cancer has declined.

Some say the decrease can be attributed to higher awareness to the disease.

A Wiregrass runner is paving the way for a cure, one step at a time.

Greg Price has been running for about 20 years, but this run is for something far more meaningful for him and others around the community.

"I started 19 hours ago; covered a little over 100 miles so far," Price said Friday.

Price began his 200 mile journey Thursday night at the Troy Recreational Facility.

The run kicks off Troy University’s second annual Relay for Life.

Price says the walk is not only a great way to raise awareness about cancer, but it also hits close to home for him.

"It means a tremendous amount for me. I lost my grandfather a couple of years ago to cancer so it has a personal aspect to it," Price continued.

Members with the Cancer Society say events like these bring research one step closer to finding a cure.

Melissa Bradford, president of the Local Chapter of the American Cancer Society, said, "The Cancer Society raises awareness. We also raise a lot of money for research, education. Research money is used for one day, hopefully, your children and my children won't have to face cancer and eradicate cancer."

Price will end his run Saturday at Troy's Intramural Field where Relay for Life activities will be taking place.

Everyone is invited to attend to take a stand at taking out cancer.

The Cancer Society currently funds more than $3 million dollars for research in Alabama, but they are always in need of extra funding.

If you would like to contribute to the Cancer Society, call Melissa Bradford at 334-670-6726.

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