Wellington has worked in health promotion at Lambton Public Health since 2006, and for the YMCA for 25 years before that. She personally encourages the community to join her in the fight.
"We want to get people out there, we want to raise awareness about cancer, we want to raise awareness about the American Cancer Society and what it does for the community and to get people to come together as a community", Betler said. "Students participate in Relay because it is a way for us as high school students to become heroes and positively affect our world".
Ellis' fight has already included a surgery, as well as chemotherapy treatment, and she is now "almost a third of the way through radiation treatment".
According to tradition, radiation patients bang a gong when they finish treatments.
"A year ago, I was totally oblivious I had a cancer diagnosis", she said. In addition to cardiovascular research, Dr. Behnke has also focused extensive research on manipulation of tumor microenvironments to enhance conventional cancer therapy outcomes.
Watson pitched the idea of holding a Relay For Life event to district administrators in September, she said, and they were fully on board.
She said being part in this year's Relay for Life is a way to return the support she and others have received from the society.
"I'm still here because of them". While producing a local TV morning show at a now defunct station in Branson, she was sacked on April 1, 1994, and at first believed it to be an April Fools' Day joke.
"I now know, when I feel I need to do something, I act on it because it makes such a difference". Rather than waking up her children or family, Betler said she would call the American Cancer Society, spending hours talking to the person on duty until her pain subsided.
"Don't take it lightly".
Relay For Life is supported by teams representing local businesses, schools, churches, and families whose members walk or run laps around the grove throughout the 16-hour period to raise funds.
Luminarias decorated and featuring the names of loves ones who have lost their battle with cancer, as well as survivors, are displayed on the walking path.
A scavenger hunt geared towards the youth will also take place in the overnight time. Betler said the American Cancer Society would unexpectedly send her giftcards for gas that always seemed to arrive during the most hard times. "Almost 40 percent of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some time in their lives, so this is truly a disease that touches all of us".
The survivor ceremony and caregivers lap will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the luminaria will be lit at 9:30 p.m. This year, Cox is hoping for more.
"There's some good coming out of this year", she said.