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Relay for Life begins tonight

Fundraiser benefits cancer society

POSTED: May 3, 2013 12:29 a.m.

Hundreds of Forsyth County residents will come together tonight to battle cancer.

The annual Forsyth Relay for Life event kicks off at 6 p.m. and goes until 6 a.m. Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Teams have been working for months to raise money for the local Relay for Life, which is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Communities around the country hold area relays to raise money and awareness for the society’s efforts in battling cancer while honoring survivors and remembering those who died from the disease.

Amy Richardson, senior community manager for Forsyth, said this year’s fundraising goal is $315,000 after 2012’s record-breaking $309,000.

According to the event Web site, about 70 teams have signed up to participate with nearly 900 walkers, who have so far raised about $167,000.

Fundraising efforts continue throughout the event and for several months afterwards.  

Besides the teams of walkers, the public is also invited to attend. Teams sets up booths with numerous activities and offerings for families to enjoy together.

Spectators are welcome to come any time during the course of the 12 hours.

The opening ceremony, which rallies all participants and spectators, begins at 7 p.m.

Survivors of the disease will also be honored during a special lap around the course at 7:15 p.m.

An emotional highlight of the night will be the luminary ceremony, which honors cancer patients who lost their battle. The ceremony will begin at 10 p.m.


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