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One of the state’s largest Relay for Life events kicked off Friday at Courthouse Square in downtown Warren.
Hundreds of survivors took the initial lap as thousands of participants watched before taking to the track themselves.
Warren is honored every year by the American Cancer Society for having one of the largest fundraising totals in the state.
The start of the event was delayed by heavy rain. Once the rains stopped, the first lap got underway featuring local cancer survivors.
Cancer survivor Gary Pavelko of Newton Falls said walking the lap gave him a special feeling.
“Like a new man,” said Pavelko. “I’m gonna live. That’s what counts. I’m gonna live”
Participants will be spending the night walking around Courthouse Square. As always a number of events are planned to help keep the participants going.
The last lap ends at 6 p.m. tomorrow.