Cross-country relay for cancer research goes through Marshall, Illinois

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MARSHALL, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – A special relay across the country made its way through the Wabash Valley Tuesday evening.

The event is called the Great American Relay.

Organizers say runners started in Boston and the relay will continue with over 300 legs until they reach Los Angeles.

Funds raised from the event will be donated to the American Association for Cancer Research in Philadelphia.

Runners traveled through Marshall, Illinois Tuesday night.

They ran past the home of Marshall police officer Stacey Speros, who was diagnosed with stomach and melanoma cancer in July.

MyWabashValley.com spoke with Speros and organizers about what this relay means to them.

“Almost everyone has been affected by this and the runners who have joined, it means something to them. They’re running for a parent they’ve lost or they’re running for a child who might be going through treatment right now,” said Vince Varallo, director of Great American Relay.

“It’s overwhelming, it’s all overwhelming, the amount of support. Everybody needs to think about other people and not just themselves all the time and lift people up when they’re down. Just support, support’s a huge factor in this,” Speros said.

Organizers say the relay is expected to end on Oct. 21.

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