Thirteen teams gathered together at the Frank Mangano Memorial Field in East Liverpool for the Columbiana County Relay for Life Friday evening.
When the couple's son was a student at Mark Isfeld school, Russell often volunteered at Relay for Life, at which the senior classes at the school hosted teams and raised more than $30,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
While money raised by events like Saturday's walk goes to cancer research, some of it also pays for peer support as well as getting people to and from appointments through the society's Wheels of Hope program. "This a way of just doing something for all those people".
This year's theme was "The Wizard of Oz".
Luminaries lined the gym floor as participants walked in circles around them, reflecting on thoughts of family members and friends who have battled or continue to battle the dreaded disease.
"Relay for Life in Warren County is actually one of the largest events in the nation".
"I hope there's a cure found in my lifetime", she said.
"Relay for Life is about raising awareness and raising funds for vital research".
Opening ceremonies will start at 11 a.m.
"It was at that moment that I chose to become a part of the solution and figure out how I could help make a cancer-free future".
According to the Relay For Life website, "Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events". The New Fairfield Relay for Life Committee has a team named "Committed to Finding a Cure 2018".
"Everyone's journey is a little bit different, and some end differently than others", Larson said.
"A lot of people here are affected by cancer and you just see how many people are still here and even remembering people in the luminaria ceremony but just seeing how many people beat cancer", said Victoria Downey of Hanover Township.
Ortner, who has worked with the American Cancer Society for about five years, said he felt the impact of his work early on.
In the No. 2 spot was Chatham Cancer Crushers, with $6,291. To help make a difference, join the community in this year's Relay for Life.
Brownlee helped her Grandma with all aspects of life from maintenance of the house to taking her to Chemotherapy, as she wasn't able to do it on her own.
"This year we are at an all-new location, the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, which is exciting", said David Watts, who has served for as the event lead for 12 years.