Luminaria Day: Neighbors pay tribute to loved ones who've battled cancer

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- We had a great turnout at KIMA Thursday for Luminaria Day.

Many of you gave money and paid tribute to loved ones who've battled cancer. It's all part of the Relay for Life. KIMA shares your personal reasons for giving.

Marietta Barr lost her son to cancer. Jeff was 46.

"Every day I miss him," she said. "Every day I have tears."

Jeff passed away last year from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Marietta took this opportunity to pay tribute, with a donation and a bag decorated with his name and stickers she brought from home.

"It's really hard to lose a child," she said.

But, Marietta's keeping on and keeping hope alive, every dollar getting us closer to a cure.

"We've got to do everything we can to see if can't get to the bottom of this," said Al Waltman.

Al lost his wife to brain cancer five years ago. His son-in-law is getting treatment.

So is Dori West's mom, Rosie, who's been fighting large B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since April.

"She's definitely a rock star," said Dori. "She's done two rounds of chemo, and she's kicking cancer's behind."

KIMA and its radio partners have joined in the fight, raising money for cancer prevention, research and treatment.

Volunteers with Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society collected bags, saving them for next month's Relay for Life, when they'll line the track behind Franklin Middle School and light up the night sky in remembrance of friends and family.

Grief tempered with hope.

"Cancer's not going to beat us," said Dori.

"They will find a cure," said Marietta.

Maybe then we can finally finish the fight.