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Relay For Life held in Westfield

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WESTFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Community members and Westfield State University students are walking all night for the American Cancer Society at Westfield State's very first Relay for Life.

Their goal was $20,000 and they've nearly doubled that, and donations continue to pile in.

By walking, dancing or crawling, the Westfield community is making strides to raise money for the American Cancer Society in a 14-hour Relay For Life event. Laps around Westfield State's field house began at 6 Friday night and won't stop until 8 Saturday morning.

Three hundred and fifty participants have raised more than $35,000 so far, almost double what Relay For Life told the university to expect in their first event.

"I'm beyond words, overwhelmed with the support and the response we have gotten from the campus community and the surrounding community. This is beyond what I could've dreamed we could've brought our first time doing this," said Beth Teague, founder of Westfield State's Relay For Life team.

Teague has been relaying since she was 12.

"The last year, two years I went to other schools to do relays, and I just didn't understand why we didn't have one and why we couldn't," she said. 

She says it is about celebrating, fighting back and remembering those who have died from cancer.

"It comes at a good time because my aunt's birthday was earlier this week, so this was a very good memorable week for it," said Brenna Closius. 

Closius's aunt died from lung cancer a few years ago. Friday night she walked for her.

The club organizers say this is their first relay but certainly not their last.

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