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Relay boosted by favorable weather

POSTED: May 6, 2014 4:00 p.m.
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Lynne Kaminsky dances around with her grandchildren, Riley Reyes and Blake Armstrong, during the opening ceremony for Forsyth County Relay for Life at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

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CUMMING — A sea of purple filled the Cumming Fairgrounds on Friday night as the community came out in force for this year’s Relay for Life.

The annual walk drew 56 teams and some 700 participants, many decked out in purple, the color of cancer awareness, said Brooke Van Buskirk, a Relay for Life specialist for the American Cancer Society.

Van Buskirk said the strong numbers were probably a result of Friday evening’s nice weather.

“Normally it’s not a Forsyth Relay unless it rains,” she joked. “But this was one of our better years for participation at the Relay because this is one of the first years that it didn’t rain.

“It was great to see the teams out there and all the community coming out and taking part.”

Highlights of the evening included the annual survivors’ lap, in which cancer survivors kick off the event, and the luminary ceremony in honor of those who have fought the disease.

 “We light the luminarias on the track in memory or in honor of people that have lost the battle or are fighting the battle,” Van Buskirk said.

The event, which ran from Friday evening overnight into Saturday morning, generated about $57,000, bringing the total raised so far this year for cancer research and education efforts to about $250,000.

This year’s goal is $290,000, she said, adding that some Relay teams will continue to hold small fundraisers through Aug. 31, when the fundraising campaign comes to a close for the year.

Anyone who couldn’t make it Friday but would like to contribute to the cause can still do so by going to www.forsythrelayforlife.org.

“We’re also looking for volunteers that would like to join us on the committee for 2015,” Van Buskirk said.

 

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