Published: Apr 24, 2010 5:09 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Southwest Floridians are remembering those who've died from cancer and honoring people fighting the disease.

The Relay for Life was underway at Hammond Stadium in South Fort Myers. It started at 6:00 pm and lasted 18 hours

The Relay for Life is supposed to represent cancer patients going through their treatments. The event starts in the sun at 6:00, then as it gets dark, people participating start to get tired and don't think they will make it through the night, but then the sun comes up and they have made it to the next day.

To keep people going all night - there are a lot of events. There are activities for kids, raffles, bingo, volleyball and blackjack tournaments... and lots of food.

Everyone was there for three things... to celebrate, remember and fight back.