NEWTON FALLS -
Wearing Superman costumes, the 20 members of Team Connect 4 hit the Newton Falls High School track faster than a speeding bullet as they and 12 other teams took part in Friday's Relay For Life.
With the superhero theme, ''Relayers to the Rescue: The Quest for a Cure,'' the teams at the Newton Falls event each dressed as famous superheroes, from the Batman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mighty Mouse.
The 24-hour relay is the last of five held this spring throughout Trumbull County with similar events held in Cortland, Liberty, Niles and Warren. Last weekend in Cortland, 11 teams raised $65,500 for cancer research.
Newton Falls relay organizers set a goal of $54,000 to match what they raised last year.
Dee Howard, team co-captain for Team Connect 4 at the Newton Falls High School football stadium, said the team is made up of a group of friends, family, neighbors and co-workers from Newton Falls who have all had loved ones or friends battle cancer.
Chad Stevenson of Lordstown as Captain America leads the Family Ties team around the Newton Falls High School stadium track at the Newton Falls Relay For Life which kicked off Friday.
''We all have family members who have battled cancer,'' she said.
Each team member in their Superman costume played to the theme ''Cancer's Kryptonite is the Cure; We Will Defeat Cancer with the Cure.''
''Superman was the first superhero. That's why we chose him for our team,'' Howard said showing the Superman posters, decorations and banners in the team's booth.
''We have had a team participate each year in Newton Falls,'' she said.
Terri Baldwin, Relay co-chair, said each of the 11 teams chose a different superhero for their theme. Teams were from Newton Falls, Lordstown and Leavittsburg.
Barry Silliphant of Newton Falls, a 22-year colon cancer survivor, said it is comforting to be with other cancer survivors to celebrate together.
''This is my favorite time of the year to support the survivors and remember those we have lost,'' Silliphant said.
Bob Lance, formerly of Newton Falls and now of Berlin Center, is a seven-year lung cancer survivor.
''It really surprises me the number who have or have had cancer and survived. Every time I come here I see more and more people every time,'' Lance said.
Lance, who said cancer has been a part of his family and several family members, including his father, son, daughter, brother and others have all battled cancer.
Sandy Kernen of Newton Falls said she and her family and relatives were there for her mother, Hyja Holestine from Korea, who is a 20-year cancer survivor.
The entire family wore brightly-colored shirts emblazoned with ''Team Hyja'' to honor her.
''We may be a small in number, but we are strong and mighty,'' Kernan said.