College students are staying up all night in the fight against cancer.
Hundreds of students and community members are participating in the annual Relay for Life event. It's going on this weekend at U-W Stevens Point.
Kayla Anderson is a senior there. When she was 18 she received news that changed her life.
"I actually got in a car accident," said Anderson. "I had to go to the emergency room and they decided to do a cat scan and I found out that I had cancer.
She was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer.
"I thought they were kidding," said Anderson. "I just didn't think that would happen. I'm kind of young to get this kind of cancer, so it was like a surprise to everyone."
After several surgeries and radiation, she was finally cancer free. Anderson says events like Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, give her and others affected by cancer hope.
"It's hard to go your whole life without knowing somebody who had cancer, said Anderson. "I think it's important to raise money for it because there are all these different kinds that you know aren't easy to cure."
More than 400 students are taking part in the 12 hour event, running until early Saturday morning.
Team members walk or run all night long to raise money. Organizers hope to raise more than $26,000 this year.