It’s said that cancer doesn’t discriminate, and nowhere was that more evident than on Saturday at York Middle School during the Western York County Relay for Life.
Luke Moore, 6, a leukemia survivor who finished his last chemo treatment in March, led dozens of other cancer survivors of all ages in the opening lap around the track behind the school.
Moore, who began showing symptoms of the disease when he was 2 and was diagnosed at age 3, has enjoyed life returning to some level of normalcy after 2 1/2 years of sometimes daily chemo, spinal taps, illness and hospital stays, said his mother, Crystal Moore of Clover.
Members of the Clover High School indoor drum line led survivors in their victory lap as family, friends and other supporters lined the track to watch and cheer them on.
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Some of the survivors had been cancer-free for decades, while others were just beginning the battle. They lined up to name their cancer – lung, cervical, breast, prostate, kidney, leukemia and more – and say how long they’ve survived it.
In teaming up for Saturday’s 12-hour relay to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society, organizers say they hope that one day, cancer will be cured for everyone.
About 30 community groups formed teams to raise money for the relay, which is marking its 30th year nationally. Co-chairwoman Kristine Sims said the Western York County group aims to raise $120,000.
Jennifer Becknell • 803-329-4077