The sun was bright, but nothing could outshine the smiles on the faces gathered on the Carystreet Field. Survivors, fighters, caretakers and supporters came together to celebrate the lives of those fight cancer. The cause lies close to the heart for Richmond, home to MCV and the Massey Cancer Center. The students of VCU organized an incredible fundraiser to bring some hope and support to the cancer community. We were there to catch some of the special moments, as VCU raised nearly $40,000 for the American Cancer Society. Talk about inspiring! We hope their stories can bring some light to your day. Cancer Survivors (clad in dark purple) took the first lap as the crowd cheered them on!

On the second lap, caretakers joined the Survivors as they made another round!

A supporter looks on during the opening ceremony

The festivities offered fun for all ages, including face painting, bubbles and art projects!

Ava-Joye Burnett, newest anchor at Channel 8 WRIC, conducted the opening ceremonies, and is joined here by relay committee members Jennifer & Suzanne.

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