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      Delta County fights cancer one step at a time

      A celebration of life, that is how many describe Saturday's Relay for Life event in Gladstone.

      Since Friday, 20 teams have circled the track at Marble Athletic Field, raising money for the American Cancer Society, while remembering what is most important.

      "A big indicator of how well the relay is doing is how many survivors we have at the ceremony, and last night we had 15 more survivors. We had 85 survivors," said Becky Carey, a community organizer for the American Cancer Society.

      Walking laps around a track pales in comparison to what Doug Salmon has been through. Salmon recently beat his year-long battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a fight that he says he could not have faced alone.

      "I don't think I could have gone through it without having great family support," reflected Salmon. "There are days where you're just like, I don't want to get up, I don't want to face this anymore. When you have people standing behind, you that really helps."

      Salmon's sister, Traci Corrigan, was with him when he was sick, and she's standing by her brother once again. Corrigan lead a team that has so far raised over $3,000 to help make a difference.

      "This is kind of a little way that we felt that we thought we could help do something," said Corrigan, "because you're very helpless when you watch a family member go through cancer. This just feels like we're doing something to help somebody, Dougy, anybody."

      Doug's family has the backing of his community as well, with local businesses participating to help the society reach its fundraising goal.

      By 8 a.m. on Saturday, the teams had already raised $24,000 and by the end of the day, they hope to raise $50,000. All of the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.

      As the annual event wrapped up this weekend, many participants already planned for next year, holding onto that hope for a cure one step at a time.