Walkers at Relay for Life Not Fazed by Rain

By Jamie Ratliff
|  Friday, May 16, 2014  |  Updated 10:43 PM EDT
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Walkers at Relay for Life Not Fazed by Rain

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Walkers headed to Glastonbury's Riverfront Community Center on Friday for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Friday's rain couldn't stop a good cause.

With umbrellas up and rain boots, on cancer survivors and supporters took a walk in the rain at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Glastonbury.

"Cancer patients don't get to stop doing their treatments just because it's raining and windy, so we walk to support them in all sorts of weather," said event chair Maria Grove.

The event goes through the night until Saturday at 11 a.m.

Kids played and adults walked. Many didn't seem to notice the weather.

"Rain or shine, we were going to walk," said Glastonbury resident Cionie Slangen, who walked alongside a friend who fought cancer.

"Could be better, but we're walking. It doesn't seem to be bothering anybody," said Glastonbury resident Karen Hardwick.

Hardwick knows quite a bit about cancer. Her dad and husband died of the disease, and she finished her last treatment for breast cancer in March.

"I just went to the oncologist today and am doing follow-ups every three months. I'm very pleased, very happy," said Hardwick.

After that appointment, Hardwick headed to the Riverfront Community Center to take part in the event. Seeing people show up to walk with her, regardless of the conditions, meant a lot.

"It's touching," said Hardwick. "It gives people hope, and you know that people are there to surround you with love. And you know you're not alone."

Because really, facing a little rain is nothing compared to fighting and beating cancer.

"We have loved ones that have survived, thankfully, but also passed away from cancer," said Vernon resident Shelley Leone. "So it's an important cause for us to come and support."

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