The best part about Border Relay For Life, according to one team captain, is "you just know that you're not alone".
"When you get out there and everyone's wearing that purple and gold, you feel like you're part of something bigger than yourself," Leneva's Perry Hiskins said.
"It's pretty awesome."
Mr Hiskins' team Little Steps of Hope is preparing for its fifth year in the Cancer Council fundraiser, now less than a month away.
The 24-hour relay takes place at Albury's Alexandra Park on October 26 and 27, with 93 teams and nearly 700 participants registered so far.
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Mr Hiskins takes part in memory of his mother, Susan, who died five years ago of pancreatic cancer, aged 63, but had earlier also recovered from breast cancer.
"I used to walk the relay with her," her son said.
"Just a way for Mum and I to spend some time together.
"After she passed, I thought it was a good way to remember something that she stood for, so I've been doing it ever since."
Little Steps of Hope has raised more than $20,000 since 2014 and its major raffle this year will offer a range of entertainment, product and service prizes.
"Every year we just send out emails to the local businesses and every year we're absolutely amazed how many people come back and say, 'Yep, no worries, we'll support what you do'," Mr Hiskins said.
A movie night fundraiser on Thursday, featuring Joker, and a Ten Pin Bowling Family Fun Night on October 19 will also boost the team total.
Cancer Council western office community relations co-ordinator Brianna Carracher encouraged people to register for the 2019 relay, which would celebrate cancer survivors, recognise their carers, honour those lost and continue to raise funds.
"Border Relay is an experience that will stay with you forever," she said.
Mr Hiskins said the first relay after his mother's death was difficult and every year brought its hard moments.
"Everyone's in the same boat," he said.
"For that hour of the Hope Ceremony, you can get there and just let it out."
But not all of the annual relay is so solemn.
"We have a ball, we really do," Mr Hiskins said.
"We're there for serious reasons and the Hope Ceremony is super-serious, but besides that hour we laugh the whole day. And that's what it's about, it's about life, it's about enjoying life."
- More details on the Border Relay For Life Facebook page