About 32 teams walking in Boardman Relay tonight
Decades ago, a doctor diagnosed Kathy Flickinger of Youngstown with cancer and told her she had five years to live.
She was proud to celebrate 20 years of being cancer-free at the 2018 Boardman Relay for Life, with her family by her side.
“I’ve been waiting for this day,” she said.
About 32 teams with about 15 people each participated this year at Boardman Intermediate School track Friday.
Flickinger, who spoke at the opening ceremony, was one of a handful of participants who planned to walk from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
Luminarias to honor loved ones with cancer lined the track.
Teams held their own fundraisers at their tents in the center of the track, selling baskets and offering games to raise more money.
The relay raises money for the American Cancer Society. The funds go toward research for a cure, educational advocacy and programs, including transportation for patients, said committee member Mark Luke.
Read more about the event in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.