Published: Apr 13, 2013 8:54 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Thousands of people stayed up all night to walk for a cure at the annual Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society. It was held at Hammond Stadium.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at the stadium with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.

Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups and people from all walks of life - all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society's mission to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

In 2012, Relay For Life events across great state of Florida raised over $20 million to help cancer patients and their families in local communities and to fund lifesaving cancer research. We welcome you to join us in the fight against cancer today!