Relay for Life steps off at McMicken Commons

University of Cincinnati students are staying up all night long to walk in the American Cancer Society's largest fundraiser Relay For Life.

In it's tenth year at UC students commit to walking around McMicken Commons for 18 hours in a row.

"Throughout the night there is a lot of different themed laps, so we have a backwards lap, cross dressing lap, a bunch of silly things," says student organizer Megan Kelley.

A third year accounting major at UC Kelley's father was diagnosed with cancer giving her a more personal reason to work year round for the American Cancer Society.

"If we hit our fundraising goal we would have raised a million dollars in those ten years and we are well on our way. We've never had the kind of fundraising we've had prior to the event that we've had this year," says Kelley.

Every year the event kicks off with cancer survivors taking the first lap. This year two of those survivors are father son duo Craig and Drew Yakscoe.

A UC student, Drew, was diagnosed with lymphoma as a child. Years later, his father, Craig was diagnosed with colon cancer.

"My dad and my grandma have both fought battles so cancer has been a pretty big part of our live so its just important for me to get involved and give back to the community," says Drew Yakscoe.

"The connection that he and I have with that part of our journey is a pretty special one," says Craig Yakscoe.

Craig even traveled from Columbus to surprise Drew to walk in Relay for Life and to him the support is what keeps him going.

"There are tons of people out there that number one care about everybody else with cancer, whether they know them or they don't and everybody seems to come together to find a cure for this crazy disease," says Craig Yakscoe.

Relay For Life will run throughout Friday night and wrap up Saturday at noon.

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