Relay for Life

Cancer survivors, friends ready to walk for a cure

HAMPTON — Two years ago, Linda Batchelor Smith couldn't finish a lap around the track at Darling Stadium during Hampton's Relay for Life.

The nerves in her legs had been damaged from her chemotherapy treatment and her entire body was weak.

Last year's relay was a different story.

"As I walked in the 2011 relay with other survivors, I was grateful to be alive and inspired by the determination of other survivors," Smith said.

"There was a numbness that took over my body that words can't explain," she said, recalling how it felt to walk the lap. "You see the love, the friendships developing, the oneness and the unity as we all come together...