Editor's note: A full feature story on the 2014 Relay for Life will be in Saturday's edition of the Graham Leader.

As a crowd of people in purple shirts rounded the corner after walking a quarter of the way around the track at Newton Field, each one saw a loved one about 100 meters away waiting to give them a hug.

Each person in a purple shirt had survived cancer, and their caregiver, who had helped them with their fight, was ready to help them complete another journey.

This one was to finish the lap around the track at Newton, effectively kicking off Graham's 2014 Relay for Life. Starting at 7 p.m. last Friday, people from all over Graham came to fight cancer, lap by lap.

“We're here to support everyone that's had cancer, to be their, I guess, strong forum,” said relay participant Emily Killough. “This is something that's very important, and I think more people should be more involved with it.”

This year the event raised over $5,800 to bring the organization's year-long total to $25,316.77, according to accounting chair Martha Floyd. Relay for Life is accepting donations until the end of August to help raise more funds to fight cancer.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.