If you’re going
* What: Relay for Life Survivors Dinner for cancer survivors and their caregivers
* When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday
* Where: Matt Elementary School, 7455 Wallace Tatum Road
* Contact: R.S.V.P. to Tonya Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (770) 883-4410.
Tonya Kelley is passionate about giving back to cancer survivors.
For the past nine years, she has helped organize the annual Relay for Life Survivors Dinner, which honors survivors and their caregivers.
“The relay itself is fun and all, but for me feeding those cancer survivors is my passion,” she said.
This year’s dinner is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Matt Elementary School, 7455 Wallace Tatum Road.
Kelley said each year hundreds of invitations are sent to cancer survivors who have registered at previous events, though any survivor and their caregivers are welcome, regardless of whether they receive an invitation.
“We’ll have plenty of food and we want them to come, and we can get them registered so they’ll get an invitation next year,” she said.
While it isn’t required, Kelley said giving an R.S.V.P. for the event is appreciated.
“But if they forget, we still want them to come on,” she said.
Kelley said she and her co-organizer Phyllis Green served about 350 people during last year’s dinner and they’re hoping for at least 400 this year.
“If I could have 200 survivors and 200 caregivers, it would be wonderful,” Kelley said.
Each year, Relay for Life has a theme. Kelley said this year it’s “Band Together for a Cure.”
“As they arrive at the dinner, everyone will get arm bands that say Relay for Life,” Kelly said.
The event will also feature music by Liberty, a local gospel group. There will also be door prizes and a money tree giveaway.
Youth groups from New Harmony and Friendship Baptist churches will work as servers for the meal.
Kelley said she hopes to see many old and new faces.
“They deserve it. It’s the least we can do for them,” she said.
The annual Relay for Life is set for May 13 at the Cumming Fairgrounds.