The fight against cancer took to the St. Croix Educational Complex High School track over the weekend as hundreds of participants took part in the 20th anniversary St. Croix Relay for Life. 

Teams taking to the track for the twenty-hour relay sought to raise $150,000 under the theme "Conquering Cancer One Color At A Time."

Included among the teams was a pink-uniformed battalion taking to the track with shields, axes and spears trailing pink ribbons.  

But one color at the event was already victorious before its backers even stepped onto the track — purple. As in past years, purple-clad cancer survivors from all of the teams marched together during the opening ceremony and joined together again after the sun set to hold torches of hope during a luminary ceremony. 

The annual event is the American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser. In addition to raising money, its aim is also to heighten community awareness of the society's mission to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease, support those who are currently facing cancer and remember those lost to cancer.

Participants walk around the track or field, symbolizing the long and often difficult walk of the cancer journey.