Crowds gathered around the Brunswick Middle School field on Saturday for the American Cancer Society's Greenwich Relay for Life all night fundraiser.
"Every year you get different people involved, you get different organizations and businesses so it defiantly grows each year," said Sarah Stempien, Relay for Life Co-chair. "And it's growing in different towns as well, it's not just this event."
Greenwich's 7th annual Relay for Life brought together local cancer survivors, caregivers, Greenwich Hospital members, and other supporters in effort to reach its $130,000 goal for cancer research, treatment costs, and support for survivors and caregivers.
"The doctor from Greenwich Hospital said, 'You're not a survivor you're a victor.' And I like that word better," said John Hicka. "That I gained victory at the movement over cancer. It doesn't have to be a death sentence, people get frightened."
"It was an experience to see my mom go through it," said Naomi Eisenbach. "We all tried to stay very positive through the whole thing."
The event took place from 7 pm to 7 the next morning as participants were walked laps around the track and danced to celebrate victory in life.
"Our theme is stomp out cancer, one victory at a time," said Stephanie Hicka. "Just trying to keep the crowd going and positive."
"We go the entire night, we have the auction, the concession stand, we have entertainment and activities," said Sarah Stempien.
Studies show cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.
"I feel terrific, but I would say each time I go back to have my mammogram done, it's scary because I didn't expect it the first time, so I'm not quite sure," said Robbin Hicka.
"I felt like a new person, I felt very fortunate and lucky, to be a survivor and be positive," said Wendy Eisenbach.
For more information on how to donate visit relayforlife.org.