Once again, the Knox campus glowed purple as the annual Relay for Life began on Friday, July 20, 2007.
Excerpt from the Register-Mail:
Emotions ran the gamut at Friday night’s Relay for Life of Knox County at Knox College. There was joy and enthusiasm during the survivors’ walk; there were tears as some recounted their battle against cancer; there were bittersweet memories of those claimed by the disease.
Sixty-five teams registered for this year’s American Cancer Society event. Most have at least 15 members, though some have fewer….
Pickrel said the goal was at least 180 survivors at this year’s event. By Friday morning, 184 were already registered, with many more signing up at the college Friday night…..
As the survivors began their walk around the sidewalk near the Knox College track, friends, families and supporters clapped and cheered as they walked past. The survivors let their purple and balloons go, setting them free to fly away.
Janice Maxwell, a cancer survivor since 1985, said she thinks of a number of different things as she walks her lap.
“I just think of all the people that come here every year,” Maxwell said. “Some of them aren’t with us anymore.”