After months of planning, Relay For Life kicked off Saturday in Mishawaka.
Participants raise money for the American Cancer Society and then walk for 24 hours at the actual event.
Relay For Life's promotions chair says last year they had the third largest in the entire state, and this year doesn't seem to be any different.
“The American Cancer Society, they decided to put South Bend and Mishawaka relay together which made it stronger”, says South Bend and Mishawaka Relay For Life Promotions Chair, Judy Morgan.
Mishawaka High School's stadium was packed with close to 85 teams with the goal of raising $149,000, which they surpassed with a total of $149,454.
“Every dollar we raise helps at research and hopefully helps find a cure for some type of cancer. Whether it’s one type of cancer of five types of cancer, you know, we want every type of cancer to go away that's why we are doing this”, Morgan continues.
Morgan says hundreds of residents came to show their support, but for one man, walking for a cure is his mission.
“My mom passed away in 1999”, says Brent Braunseorf, “she had breast cancer, bone cancer, six tumors in her brain”.
Braunseorf says he has been participating in Relay For Life twice a year for the past 14 years.
That means he has walked in more than 28 events and walks the whole 24 hours. .
Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood even made an appearance Saturday night. He came out to show his support for the event, walking a few laps himself.