Raquel Nava, 35, of Victoria, left, is comforted by Sheri Stanford, 31, of Victoria, during the first lap at the Relay Recess event. Nava lost her mother to cancer in 2011. "By the time we found out she had cancer, she was too far gone. There was nothing we could do. Cancer is so big; it affects everybody. We want to raise money so nobody has to suffer anymore, and the more people we make aware, they can have a part in helping, too," Nava said.