Burbank residents shined a light on the fight against all cancers with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, a 24-hour walk around Johnny Carson Park that began at 9 a.m. Saturday and ended at 9 a.m. Sunday.
“We walk for 24 hours because cancer never sleeps,” said Daniela Barragan, Relay for Life manager, who is based in the American Cancer Society's Burbank office.
The Burbank walk was organized by volunteer co-chairs Nate Frey and Michelle Jacobovitz and 22 committee members. More than 700 people registered. Each year more than 300 events like this are held across the state and 5,000 events are held throughout the country, Barragan said.
The funds raised go to cancer research and to services such as free wigs for chemotherapy patients and rides to treatment. Events were held throughout the 24-hour walk to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those lost to cancer and to fight back against cancer.