Relay: 'To make sure her little baby boys don't get cancer'

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The 19th annual Coos Bay-North Bend Relay for Life brought hundreds out to Sunset Middle School to raise money for cancer research.

Brenda Webber is with the American Cancer society, and spoke about how the relay events quickly add up the donations. "Any amount of money any community can raise, and it all adds up to millions of dollars per year for the American Cancer Society," she said.

325 Coos County participants raised more than $77,000 by the end of the day.

The more money raised, the more research gets done officials say.

One study people are signing up for is looking for a link between lifestyle choices and types of cancer, helping researchers get that much closer to finding a cure.

Cathy Owen is a volunteer, and hopes that the study will provide some answers. "We're just trying to find a link, a link to why our lifestyles our environment, just the way we live our lives, why one of us is getting cancer and why another is not," Owens said.

In-depth surveys will be conducted on volunteers for the next 20 years.

Owen says the reason for volunteering for the study and events like the relay is simple. "We want to stop cancer," she said. "We want to make sure her little baby boys don't get cancer."

Donations can still be made through the month of August.