CHEERS - To faithful walkers. Last week's local Relay for Life events attracted hundreds who showed up to offer support for those affected by cancer, bring awareness to the disease and raise tens of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. In Gloversville, people walked for hours around the running track outside Park Terrace School. In Amsterdam, people participated in the event at the Amsterdam High School track. In addition to a fundraising event, the Relay for Life is a night of camaraderie. Teams and individuals socialize with each other, enjoy food and entertainment, remember loved ones, celebrate survivors and unite to defeat cancer. People who participate in and donate to this event are making a difference. Cancer research is making strong progress. On Jan. 1, nearly 14.5 million children and adults with a history of cancer were alive in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. We must continue to step up the effort.