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Relay for Life expects to raise $200,000

Hazel added he didn't find cancer to be funny, but because it gives people enough worry, people should "let it give you some laughs for a change."

"Laughter is good for the heart. It's good for the mind, body. It's good for the soul," he said. "So, we need to laugh more."

Plattsburgh's Relay for Life chairman Mark Brown Jr. said Hazel is among other survivors who speak every year during the annual event.

"Every year we have a survivor speaker," Brown explained. "Somebody whose been through it, who can offer some words of encouragement and can relate more easily to all of those people wearing purple shirts."

Brown added it is the people who wear the purple shirts, who people are most excited to see.

"They're the reason that we know what we're doing matters," he said. "Because if it didn't matter, and it wasn't helping, our survivor counts wouldn't be increasing every year."

In the end, Brown found this year's Relay for Life to be a huge success. There were 103 teams, 100 more survivors than last year, and Plattsburgh reached its goal of 261 registrants for the CPS3 cancer prevention study.

"It's become such a huge event; there's practically no one in the community that doesn't help," Brown said. "The thousands of people that showed up that day to come to the event and raised money, who donated money, without them we wouldn't be at where we're at right now."

American Cancer Society community executive Joan Brown said she expects the amount raised to surpass $200,000 after all corporate sponors and donations come in.

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