Relay for Life ended on a high note in Delano Sunday morning with more than $170,000 raised for cancer research.
Organizers say they surpassed their goal this year with nearly a thousand people taking steps for 24 hours to save lives and find a cure.
"Each family or each team has a time where they can celebrate together, they can cry together and they can grieve together," said Joan Smith, Relay for Life participant.
Step by step, shoulder to shoulder, hundreds of people walked one last lap, as the city's 13th annual relay came to a finish.
"This year we raised $174,402 to go towards finding that cure," said organizer Adrian Del Rio.
"That money comes because people want to donate for those they love and those they care about and those in our community," said Smith.
Half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes, according to the American Cancer Society.
"The last few years, its hit a brother-in-law, a niece and just this past year, its hit my grandmother," said Del Rio.
This year, 53 teams walked the quad at Delano High School.
For some, the walk is in memory of loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer.
"We hear about it in research, you read about it, you know that we're getting close and I know within the next few years, we're going to find that cure," Del Rio continued.
Smith says she's been coming out to the event since it first started 13 years ago.
"You see people that you live in the same town with, but you may not see them all year -- but you came back together, you know their names, you know their faces and it is very, very special for our community to have this event," said Smith.
Bakersfield's Relay for Life will take place May 4-5.
It's being held at the corner of Merle Haggard and Airport Drive, the same location as last year.
For more information, go to www.relayforlife.org.