A rainbow greeted early arrivals Saturday morning at the Scholl Canyon Ballfields, kicking off a spirited weekend-long fundraiser to battle breast cancer.
The seventh annual Relay for Life Glendale drew 500 people who raised money and awareness to battle the common and deadly form of cancer. Night and day, participants walked laps around a baseball diamond in honor of family members and friends afflicted by the disease.
Local businesses, civic groups and Glendale city departments set up tents alongside the track offering food, drinks and encouragement.
Arneis Parya of Glendale, 16, walked Saturday afternoon with her cousin, Pendita Paria, also of Glendale.
"My neighbor died of lung cancer; she was like a third grandmother for me," said Arneis, 16.
She said it is powerful to listen to the stories of those who have lost loved ones to breast cancer or who have undergone invasive treatments to stop the disease.
"You see the survivors," Arneis said. "You know it is possible to beat it."