Hundreds Walk In Nashville Relay For Life Event

Posted at 11:01 PM, Oct 15, 2016

Hundreds of people set out to walk for a cure.

Relay for Life in Nashville took place at Father Ryan High School Saturday where the message people shared this weekend was one of hope.

More than 1,400 participants signed up for this year's Relay for Life event.

Teams were made up of cancer survivors, students, and organizations. Each took turns walking around the school's track for 12 hours.

This was the largest student-run Relay for Life event in the country.

In 2015, people here raised more than $142,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Before the race even started Saturday, they had already passed that number.

Mally Doyle, one high school senior who helped put on this event, shared why this was important to her.

"The whole reason I got started into this is because freshman year my best friend’s mom got diagnosed with cancer, and she started a team in honor of her mom,” Doyle said. “And now three years later her mom is walking as a survivor, and that's kind of that's how the survivor aspect is with me and how close that is."

Saturday's event ended at midnight.

At the event, people lit candles in order to spell the word hope. They said that's what they want. They're hopeful one day everyone can beat cancer.