TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A local organization is celebrating the lives cancer tried to 'knock out.'
WTXL ABC 27's Brittany Barnett takes us to a survivor banquet that took place Thursday night.
It was a night full of celebration at the Capital City Country Club as the Cancer Knockout Foundation hosted its 5th annual Survivors Banquet to celebrate those who won their battle against cancer.
Dr. Towanda Davis, the founder, said that "Tonight is about giving hope or reviving and revitalizing your dream to say cancer is not the end. Its just the beginning."
Cancer survivors who attended the celebration were able to share their stories and celebrate their survival.
The event had guest speakers, free dinner and time set aside for dancing.
Shelly Day won her fight against breast cancer earlier this year. Thursday night was her first time attending the event and she's nothing but thankful.
"I'm very thankful," Day said. "It took me a while to get involved in a support group. I thought I could do it on my own, but then I quickly realized that I needed the support. I'm very encouraged to know that they're others walking through the same journey that I've been through."
Not only was the night focused on encouraging and empowering the survivors who came but it was also a chance to bring awareness to the Cancer Knockout Foundation.
Davis said "thats the whole purpose of the foundation, not just celebration, but it's about bringing awareness, understanding the importance of early detection and the importance of genetic testing."
And it is also about letting surivors know that whatever their journey looks like ahead they aren't alone.