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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina is no stranger to Relay for Life events, but this weekend, organizers in Pender County decided to spice things up.

Kiwanis Park in Hampstead hosted the International Festival supporting Relay for Life in Pender County. The event featured bands and dancers with international flavor, and brought vendors and games together for the kids. The goal was to create awareness of the cultural diversity in Southeastern North Carolina and raise funds to find the cure for Cancer.

“We all know so many people that have been touched by cancer,” said team member and business owner Andrea Jacquot. “Especially most recently in our own community.”

Team members say that even though raising money for research is important, bringing the community together means much more to those fighting cancer.

“It is important for a couple of reasons. First, to bring the community together and bring everybody out here to support the fight against cancer,” said Captain of Bob’s Brigade, Bob Hammond. “The main thing about the fight against cancer is that we support each other.”

Bob was one of many team members to say there is more strength in numbers.

“It’s not about how much we make or how much we raise,” said Jacquot. “It is just about coming together for the community.”

Over 1500 people showed up to Saturday’s event. Team members are pushing to get survivors signed up for future events. They say survivors pull together to help each other, and also have a powerful influence on those who have been recently diagnosed with cancer.

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