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Survivors' meal to celebrate life, relay

Annual event shifts to conference center

POSTED: April 19, 2013 12:28 a.m.
 

Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to a special gathering tonight.

The Forsyth Relay for Life Survivors’ Dinner, held annually a few weeks before the walk fundraiser that benefits the American Cancer Society, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

Amy Richardson, senior community manager for the Forsyth Relay, said she and other organizers anticipate about 250 people.

Any cancer survivor along with their caregivers can attend the free event, even if they have not registered.

“We ask for R.S.V.Ps just so we have a ballpark, but we will absolutely take people the night of,” Richardson said.

This will be the first time the dinner has been held at the conference center.

“We’re very excited about that,” Richardson said. “Last year, we had [the Relay for Life] kickoff there and it just made the biggest difference.”

The dinner will feature a meal donated by Fagan’s Biscuit Barn in south Forsyth, as well as several speakers.

“We have a survivor speaker, Gloria Wyatt, [volunteer coordinator] from Northside Hospital-Forsyth … as well as our community chairperson, Sean Lovejoy [pastor of Mountain Lake Community Church],” she said. “He’s going to share a few words of wisdom.”

Besides the meal and speakers, there also will be several raffle giveaways, including a “money tree” at the end of the evening.

“That’s always a lot of fun,” she said.

Richardson said the event is always poignant.

“The evening is a night of celebration,” she said. “We honor the people who have been through cancer, who have had to endure that diagnosis and everything that comes with it.

“We celebrate you whether you’ve been a survivor for a day or if you’ve been a survivor for 40 years.”

 

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