NORTH UTICA N.Y.- While COVID-19 cancelled this year's Relay for Life in Utica, one team was out in full force Friday night hosting a candlelight vigil.
Team Surviving Amy hosted the vigil at a home on Stephens Drive in North Utica.
Cancer Survivor Amy Pastorella tells NEWSChannel 2 her team decided to create their own bags of luminary candles to have a ceremony.
The purpose of the ceremony is to honor and remember those who battled cancer.
"Relay for life is such an amazing cause." said Pastorella. "It brings awareness, and education and funds to the American Cancer Society to raise money for cancer to stop this devastating disease, and to make sure everybody is cared for, celebrated, and remembered if you had cancer." Pastorella added.
There was also a boot drive and a food drive at Friday night's ceremony. Proceeds from the boot drive will go to the American Cancer Society and Non-Perishable food collected will be donated to a local food bank.