Niles kicked off the Relay For Life season in Trumbull County Friday and Saturday at the Mayor Ralph A. Infante Wellness Center at the city's Waddell Park.
This year, the 24-hour walk raised more than $79,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Two-year breast cancer survivor Edith Kish, 90, of Bristolville, and former Niles resident Robert Brothers of Howland, led more than 150 others in the survivor lap, which honors those who have survived cancer and remembers those who lost their battle.
Kish - who participated in her first Relay in 2011 - was crowned Relay Queen. Helping to push Kish in her wheelchair around the track was her daughter, Cathy Kish, also of Bristolville. Brothers was named Relay King.
For the past six years, 13-year cancer survivor Denise Danielson of Niles and her family and friends have had a team at the Relay to support her and others who have battled cancer.
''It's amazing all that is done to help those battling cancer. ... That's why we are all here for a common goal. I wanted to do this for others just as others have helped me to be a 13-year survivor,'' Danielson said.
Danielson said she completed her last chemotherapy treatment a month ago and her cancer is in remission.
''Without the support from family and friends I could not have gone through all this,'' she said.
Danielson's nephew, Anthony Durso of Niles, who stayed by her side while they walked, said he wanted to be among the 25 people on the team to help his aunt and others.
''It's all great. I wanted to help her because I know what she has been through fighting cancer,'' he said.
Rose Capriotti of Niles, who carried the survivors banner during the first lap around the track, battled cancer seven months ago and was attending her first Relay for Life event.
''I was at first shocked at all that they do. I feel honored to be here and to be selected to carry the cancer survivor banner,'' she said.
This is the fourth year the Niles Relay event has been held at inside the Wellness Center. Prior Relays were held at the high school around the football field. Teams take part in several activities over the course of the 24-hour event, including competitions for best morning coffee, best T-shirt design and other contests. The teams and public take part in the many activities and games held during the 24 hours, said Lori DiTunno, Niles Relay co-coordinator.
''It is important for all to work together as one because when we all walk together we are bigger than cancer,'' DiTunno said.
J.W. Aleshire, a cancer survivor and event co-chair, said each year's Relay gets bigger.
''There are so many people out there affected by cancer who want to be a part of this. We want to be a solution and want cancer to be done with,'' he said.
Karen Ciminero of Niles, a seven-year cancer survivor, along with her husband, Anthony, provided the cancer survivor dinner, held each year following the survivors lap to honor those who have battled the disease and won.
''The camaraderie is what makes it so nice to be here,'' Karen Ciminero said.