Apr 14, 2013 12:18 AM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - Hundreds will walk Saturday night into Sunday morning at the Relay For Life at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Participants shared their stories and what makes this Relay For Life important to them.
Lavonne Ramirez who was participating in the walk said, "I am a survivor. This is my 8th year for doing the relay for life. I come out, have a good time with my children and it's a good cause."
"I'm here as a hero for hope in 2013," said Bob Heims.
Relay For Life Event Chair, Caitlyn Campbell said, "a lot of times you don't hear about young people getting cancer."
While Sabrina Lopez, Supporter of a boy named Zach shared why she came out. "Zach is 12 years old," she said, "and he's been battling lymphoma cancer for the past two years."
"At the age of 34 I was diagnosed with leukemia," said walk participant Lorie Marroquin.
Lavonne Ramirez shared what it was like when she first heard her diagnosis, "my mind was just running. I was just like, 'why me?' I didn't really know what to think."
Ernesto Salinas, Lavonne Ramirez's supporter said, "It was a hard time but we made it. She made it and we're both glad that we're here today."
Sabrina Lopez shared, "It's hard. It's a hard, painful experience. So to see people out here to support the cause, it's awesome. It really is." Lopez also wanted to send a message to Zach, the fighter, saying, "I want to tell Zach not to give up and when you feel weak Zach, we're strong for you and we love you."