Hundreds gather in East Hartford to fight against cancer

The community gathered for a good cause: saving lives from cancer.

Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community members united in East Hartford for the eighth consecutive American Cancer Society Relay For Life on Saturday.

One woman battling cancer, Betty Merker, said this event helps her get life-saving treatments, and she is so grateful for everyone who participates.

“I’m just one face of the results of research dollars that have been raised here,” Merker said. “It’s important to all of us, that people attend events and that people contribute to American Cancer Society.”

Organizers say more than 500 people were expected to show up at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field for the event.

It included an eight-hour walk-a-thon fundraiser sponsored by United Technologies Corp. Other events include mini golf, music, face painting and family fun.

Vendors even sold clothes and food to give back to the cause.

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