Neshoba County is hosting its annual Relay for Life event this evening. This year they are attempting to raise $25,000 to donate to cancer research.

The American Cancer society predicts more than 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019. Neshoba county locals and Relay for Life are doing their part to fight cancer.

“In our organization today, we have about 3 or 4 people who are suffering with cancer so it’s very important because just about every family will be touched with it and we want to do our part to make sure that they do the research so that maybe one day cancer won’t be something anybody will have,” said Neshoba County Relay for Life Co-Chair Jackie Hester.

Hester is not only the co-chair. She was diagnosed with cancer back in 2012.

“I have leukemia, myself, so it’s very important to me, because it’s near and dear to my heart, so I just pray no one else has cancer, but I know that’s not a reality so we are making a big effort to help wipe it out or to help research,” said Hester.

Hester said she is doing well and will not let her diagnosis get the best of her. She said her involvement with Relay for Life and the work of the American Cancer Society give her hope.

“It’s a comradery to share our illness, if you want to call it that. They can know that they are not suffering alone. That there is somebody out there and we are trying to do our part to make sure there is resources for them and research to find a cure,” said Hester.

Hester said it is wonderful to see a community that cares so deeply for others, including local businesses who are showing their support for the organization and the fight to cure cancer.