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Yellowstone County Relay For Life Preparations

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It's one of the largest fundraisers in the western United States.

Cancer affects us all, and the Yellowstone County Relay For Life is just one of the ways cancer survivors celebrate life. Doug Stovall is the Yellowstone County Relay for life Co-Chair, and a seven-year throat cancer survivor, who has been involved in the event for ten years. He's walking for his neighbors who have passed away from the deadly disease.

"It's emotional for me because we have so many friends that have passed from cancer and I'm one of the five really good friends that's a survivor today," says Stovall.

Bob Emard is helping Stovall, he's been cancer free for almost thirty years and has been contributing with the event for as long as he can remember.

"I'm so busy during the day that I don't really notice things but once we get out here on the survivor walk, that's when you really thank the Lord," says Emard.

The survivor walk is often of the most emotional parts of the event, and 18-year-old Michael Hill is one of the four grand marshals leading the path this year.

"Its the first year they've had them so I'm really honored to be named one of the grand marshals for the very first year ever its really awesome that the first year they've ever had them they would choose to have me," says Hill.

Hill was diagnosed with kidney cancer at just six years old, and has since raised nearly $50,000 over the last eleven years.

"You're surrounded with the track and the luminaries of people that weren't able to defeat cancer and then on top of that it's everybody cheering for you its really emotional and just pretty cool," says Hill.

It's an emotional and inspirational day that continues on into the early morning hours.