Davidson Dash raises $5K for American Cancer Society research (Gallery)

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 07:03 PM.

Many participants honored more than one individual; some had as many as four names written on their paper.

Inside the Davidson gymnasium, participants also wrote the names of close friends and family members affected by cancer.

Many participants ran for those currently battling cancer.

"I was running for my uncle Ron (Hessian); he was diagnosed (with lung cancer) a couple of weeks ago," Lauren Steele, 14, said. Steele and her family from Baker participated in the 5 K.

Others, like Crestview resident Andrea Ammons — who had her second kidney transplant last June — ran as a personal goal.

"After my transplant, I just wanted to get healthier," she said. "It was a goal of mine to run a 5K within the first year (of my transplant)."

Although her transplant wasn't cancer related, Ammons said she can relate to what cancer patients go through.

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