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Marco Island Relay For Life, 2013

See larger Marva Sutt sings the National Anthem to help open the proceedings. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Marva Sutt sings the National Anthem to help open the proceedings. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Lisa Meurgue, Hannah Adams, and Marva Sutt carry the banner to lead the survivors' lap. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent$RETURN$$RETURN$
  • A young family member hurries to catch up. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Amber Prange of Marco Island Academy takes a spin of the Krigeer Orthodontics wheel. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marva Sutt sings the National Anthem to help open the proceedings. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Survivor co-chairs Cathy Nelson, left, and Judy Mayo share a hug. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Priscilla Arguelles shows her spirit. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Hannah Adams, 9 'and a half,' holds the banner to lead the survivors' lap. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent$RETURN$$RETURN$
  • City Council Chairman Joe Batte, right, reads a proclamation honoring the relay, watched by event chairman Raul Medina. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent$RETURN$$RETURN$
  • Todd Evans of the Marriott stencils the company logo on the grass. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ben Batcher has his dukes up, ready to knock out cancer. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bob Pfeffer of the Marriott takes a gong hit. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lisa Meurgue, Hannah Adams, and Marva Sutt carry the banner to lead the survivors' lap. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • ACS executive director Lisa Honig serves at the survivors' luncheon. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent$RETURN$$RETURN$
  • Hailey Adams, 7, gives a thumbs up for the fight. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Helen Totten, daughter of leukemia survivor Shane Totten, samples her food at the survivors' luncheon. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

As the Survivors’ Lap got under way to kick off the 2013 American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at noon Saturday, the scene could have been a promo for the movie “The Color Purple.” The cancer survivors wore purple T-shirts as a badge of honor, and they came in all sizes and ages, from 9 “and a half”-year-old Hannah Adams to ladies who were — well, considerably older.

The host of purple shirts and the attendant caregivers pointed out that, as survivor co-chair Judy Mayo said before the relay’s start, “cancer touches everybody.” There are few people who have not had a family member or close friend stricken by the disease, so everyone can understand the urgent need to fight the dreaded disease in all its forms.

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