Lee County Relay for Life did its boot scooting inside to avoid Friday night rain showers.
Olivia Johnson said, "I'm here with my school Jackson Milton to walk for cancer, for cancer awareness".
Ivan Labelle, a three-time cancer survivor, served as community champion/honorary cancer survivor for the relay, and he was serving as master of ceremonies again, after months of behind-the-scenes work helping St-Jean to organize the event, to perhaps have it back on the road to someday being one of the biggest in the province.
This year's Relay goal is $325,000, and Brown believes it will be reached.
Battling the most advanced stage of breast cancer there is, she said this event brings her some much-needed hope.
While money raised by events like Saturday's walk goes to cancer research, some of it also pays for peer support as well as getting people to and from appointments through the society's Wheels of Hope program.
Two years previously she was diagnosed with a borderline underactive thyroid and by the time her cancer was discovered it had spread to her lymph nodes.
According to the Relay For Life website, "Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events".
Kendra Bargen, sponsorship chair of the event, has been active in the relay for eight years. "She is at heavy risk of picking up infections quite quickly and she gets it hard to get rid of them but they have been so lovely", said Tammy.
Bert Barresi comes from a family of nine, five of whom have had some form of cancer, some early in age and some within recent years. "I started doing relay a couple years before I was first diagnosed".
Teams of family, friends co-workers and neighbors will take turns walking around a track, joining fun activities or relaxing at a campsite.
Brownlee helped her Grandma with all aspects of life from maintenance of the house to taking her to Chemotherapy, as she wasn't able to do it on her own.
1-3 p.m.: Band No Pressure; kids make crafts to give to cancer survivors.
"We [Brownlee, her husband, and son] moved into my Grandma's when she got sick, so that we could help her", shared Brownlee.
"It gives me that good feeling to see everyone come out. and try to help donate for research to find a cure", he said.
Donna Walter will never forget the moment that her doctor told her the diagnosis. I have no doubt together we can continue to make an impact.