Despite this weekend's cold damp weather, more than 1,200 people united by a common goal to find a cure for cancer braved the elements at this year's Relay for Life.

A total of 134 teams camped out at Foote Field Saturday night, each team member taking turns around the track while those on the sidelines shared stories about their connection to cancer.

"When I was diagnosed my doctors told me that I probably wouldn't see Christmas, so I've seen three of them since then," said Sean Cordwell, who is currently living with cancer.

Cordwell's team of ten says it is crucial that they show support to him and others battling the disease.

"When I come to events like this I just feel like I am surrounded by family," said Cordwell's girlfriend Katherine MacKinnon. "It's a support system that you don't get everyday and when you come here it's almost like a kick start again."

Participants say they battled the rain and snow because they genuinely believe every dollar that is raised for cancer research saves lives.

"If there wasn't money raised for cancer, I believe I wouldn't be here," said Deanne Monck. "I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 30 and that was 10 years ago."

Cordwell who continues his battle against cancer says he is keeping hope alive that one day he will be cured.

"I absolutely believe that we will find a cure for cancer," said Cordwell as he fought back tears.

Organizers were hoping to raise $400,000 through the relay. A total has not yet been released.