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      Community members walk 24-hours to stomp out cancer

      Community members put their walking shoes on this weekend for the Traverse City installment of Relay for Life 2013.

      More than 40 teams, and nearly 400 participants kicked it into high gear to fight back against cancer. The event kicked off bright and early Saturday morning when more than 130 cancer survivors led the first lap around with their supporters following close behind.

      "We're celebrating the survivors," said event co-chair, Nicole Agruda. "We're remembering those we lost and we're fighting back this disease."

      Many of the teams have been holding fundraisers and collecting donations for almost a year. The money raised will go towards cancer research and the American Cancer Society, along with local cancer programs and services in Grand Traverse County.

      "We have a wig bank available through Traverse City Beauty College where women undergoing treatment that have lost their hair can go and get fitted for wigs," said event chair, Jeff Yacks. "We have other things available within the community that are from funds raised at relay."

      After walking for 24 hours, things wrapped up on Sunday morning as participants sat in anticipation waiting to hear if the $95-thousand goal was met. Organizers announced that they met their goal and raised just over that amount.

      The American Cancer Society is celebrating it's 100th year anniversary this year. Relay for Life is their largest event.

      For more information on the American Cancer Society, click here.