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Flowood and Canton host "Relay for Life" events

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The first Relay for Life was held in 1985. Since then, more than $3 billion has been raised to fund cancer research and support programs.

The Jackson Metro is always heavily involved in Relays. Friday night, folks gathered at Canton Square and at Northwest Rankin High School.

Among the crowd at Northwest Rankin was Holly McCreary. She's been through quite a bit since 2006. That's when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

"It was almost the worst thing I could have gone through until July of last year when my 16-year-old son was diagnosed with brain cancer," she told us.

Five surgeries later, her son Sam is also a survivor, tumor free and making the most of his senior year in high school.

We asked Holly if we'll see a cure in our lifetime: "I pray we will."

Relay for Life not only raises money to help find a cure, it also gives hope.

"When you think you're fighting a battle by yourself, its hard," says cancer survivor Edward Jean Blackman, who participated in Friday's Canton Relay. "But when you know you've got someone else going through the same thing, it makes it a little bit easier."

Holly McCreary's son Sam couldn't make it to the Flowood Relay Friday night. He'll be at the Brandon event in a few weeks, and he and his mom will walk the survivor's lap together.

"It will be amazing," says Holly. "It will be amazing."

Last year's Flowood Relay for Life raised $80,000. This year, organizers hope to raise $100,000.

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