UTICA, N.Y- Saturday's weather provided the perfect setting for the 2019 relay for life. Opening ceremonies began at 1:30 that afternoon kicking off the day.
One of the dozens of survivors was Misty Fuller's daughter McKenzie. She was diagnosed with cancer just before her 9th birthday in November of 2017.
"It's hard for anyone who has got a cancer diagnosis its scary. Its a struggle but with the right support with the community as amazing as Utica, we're doing good," said Fuller.
Misty said that the community support for fighting this disease has been overwhelming. Seeing all of those people walking for a cure was to her, inspiring.
Misty said that becoming a cancer survivor is a long and difficult journey.
"It takes every bit of your body to fight cancer. There are no words to describe, especially if it's your child. The fear, the anxiety, the stress. It never ends," said Fuller.
But the fight doesn't end after the treatment. Misty said that the effects afterwards are life long.
"The part of you is always relieved that she doesn't have to go to the treatment. Part of you is relieved that she's done with the treatment. But you also wonder if its ever going to come back? Your life changes after cancer, you'll never be the same. That fear is always there, you're always wondering if it will ever come back. So its a struggle and its a life journey at this point," said Fuller
Organizers of the walk say that its events like these that push society towards a cure one step at a time.