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Relay For Life Events Taking Place Across The Inland Northwest

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - Thousands of people are taking park Relay For Life events all over the Inland Northwest to raise money for cancer research and honor those who have been affected by this terrible disease. 

Kootenai County's relay kicked off at 6 p.m. Friday evening with a ceremony remembering the people who have lost their lives to cancer.

Mark Normington was a firefighter for 26 years. A year and a half ago that all changed when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells present in bone marrow.

Mark had to retire from the job he loved for the battle of his life.

Undergoing chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, Mark is now cancer free and walking for a reason Friday night.

He's part of a team that will spend the night walking in the Relay For Life in Coeur d'Alene.

With 52 teams and over 1,000 walkers, organizers are hoping to raise $93,000 dollars.

All of the money raised will go towards cancer research, treatment and education in Northern Idaho. 

A father and a husband, Mark says it's the support from friends and family and events like Relay For Life that mean the most for those dealing with cancer.

At last years event, just a few weeks after his diagnosis, Mark was able to walk three hours.

This year he plans on walking the entire event, which ends Saturday morning.

This is the 17th year for the Relay For Life in Coeur d'Alene.

A special lap at Friday's event was reserved just for survivors who beat the disease.

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