Relay for Life, staying up all night for charity

CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) - Hundreds of people stayed up all night on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway. The school is hosting a Relay for Life event from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The event is aimed at raising money for cancer research.

The upbeat event features live music, Zumba sessions, and a Miss Relay contest, where men will dress up as women.

"It's an amazing thing to do just being out here all night knowing what we're doing. And the fact that we're all fighting for one single cause is a really good feeling. It's really cool to know that you're working so hard to try and find a cure for something like cancer. It's really rewarding," explained organizer and CCU student Kelly Sullivan.

The event begins with a survivors lap, where those who beat the disease circle the track along with caregivers.

After that, 61 teams will walk the track taking donations for each of the laps they complete. All of the money goes to the American Cancer Society for research and to help victims of the disease.

Sullivan said like many others she's been affected by cancer, "I've had way too many people affected by cancer. My uncle actually passed away my freshman year. I found out on the drive going home to New York so it was a very long drive after finding that out. My aunt is a survivor of breast cancer. But my grandmother died when I was young of colon cancer."

Cancer survivor Colleen Kerrigan spoke at the event. The 22-year-old has been cancer free for a year. After finding a lump on her throat she was diagnosed with stage two non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

"There really were never any moments of fear, or of doubt. I knew that no matter what happened I was gonna get through it and that I was gonna come out on the other side a better person for it," said Kerrigan

They hope to raise $113,000 and they are getting close. If you'd like to donate you can stop by campus or donate online.

Another Relay for Life is being held at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach tonight as well. Click here for more information.

Relay for Life of Loris/Green Sea Floyds is set for April 19 at Loris High School.

Relay for Life of Conway/Aynor is set for April 26 at River Front Park.

Relay for Life of North Myrtle Beach/Little River is set for May 3 at North Myrtle Beach High School.