The American Cancer Society raises billions of dollars yearly to fund cancer research.
The Relay for Life at Riverwalk Park was an opportunity to remember loved ones who were lost, and those who won the battle.
Over 25 survivors were awarded a metal with the words “Hope Hero” written on them at the Saturday, April 13 event. These survivors walked the opening lap of the Relay for life.
The Relay for Life is one of the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event for cancer. All funds raised from Relay for Life will help the American Cancer Society research and battle many forms of cancer.
Joey Miller and his wife Megan Miller have been attending the relay for life for 14 years.
“We’ve been out here since my wife was pregnant with both my boys," Joey Miller said. "The event used to be overnight, and my wife and I slept in a tent."
To foster networking and fundraising opportunities, the Millers started “A Family Affair," a team that now has over eight proud members that have raised $3,700 together.
“We’ve met a ton of people through Relay for Life that we’ve brought into the family affair,” Joey Miller said.
Joey Miller’s father was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. Joey Miller worked at New Smyrna Middle school at the time. He created a relay in memory of his dad to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
His father lost the battle 2009. Unfortunately, Joey Miller’s family complications don’t end there. His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Today, she stands tall as a survivor of seven years.
“The Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society get you through it," Megan Miller said. "Cancer doesn’t sleep so neither do we."
The Port Orange Relay for Life has raised over $26,000 through 21 teams.