People in Edmonton and around the nation will be gathering to walk in support of the elimination of cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life, which will be held in Edmonton on May 23, is a 12-hour overnight event, that involves teams of 10 walking or running around a track in memory of those taken by the disease.

Christine McCourt, volunteer co-chair for the Edmonton event and mother of two, is running her second race and has formed two teams to help support the memory of her late husband, who passed away in 2005 from the disease.

“I thought it could be a way for (the family) to come together and honour his memory,” McCourt said.

“You feel the emotion and excitement because everyone is here for the exact same reason.”

Last year, the event drew close to 13,000 teams in 23 events and raised more than $5.6 million across Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Another returnee to the walk is cancer survivor Brittany Taylor, who joined more than 2,000 cancer survivors that made the walk in 2008.

Taylor was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2007 and ended up losing her leg in the battle, which included nine months of chemotherapy.

“When it happens, it’s like your life stops and everyone is moving forward and you’re staying behind,” said Taylor.

“(But) this is how my life is now, I had to move on and it’s going to be okay.”

The event will take place on May 23 at the University of Alberta’s Foote Field, May 29 at Broadmoor Lake in Sherwood Park and June 12 at the Stony Plain Football Field.

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