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Survivors celebrated at dinner
Relay meal Friday at Matt Elementary
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

• Forsyth County Relay for Life Survivor Dinner will begin at
7 tonight in Matt Elementary School, 7455 Wallace Tatum Road. It is free and open to all Forsyth County cancer survivors and their caregivers.

• The Forsyth County Relay for Life is set for 6 p.m. May 11 at the Cumming Fairgrounds. For more information, contact Suzanne Hendricks at or visit

Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to dinner tonight.

The Forsyth County Relay for Life Survivor Dinner is set for 7 p.m. at Matt Elementary in north Forsyth.

Organizer Tonya Kelley said she is expecting about 300 people at the event, which will also feature live music from the gospel band Liberty and door prizes.

She said there is still plenty of room for more survivors and their loved ones.

“We always over-plan, so we definitely want them to come out even if they haven’t signed up,” Kelley said. “It’s completely free. We just want them to come have a seat, have fun and let us honor them.”

Kelley said about 25 middle and high school volunteers from youth groups at Friendship and New Harmony Baptist churches will serve the guests.

“Most of these kids have volunteered for several years now,” said Kelley, who’s helped organize the past seven dinners. “They want to come and do this every year. It’s an easy event to get help for.”

Kelley said the evening is always one of mixed emotions.

“It’s both sad and happy,” she said. “It’s a time for the survivors to reflect on what all they’ve accomplished in a year or sometimes 10 years. Some of them are completely cancer free, and that’s a blessing.”

It’s also a time of reflection for the caregivers.

“People don’t think about it, but they’re going through some of the same stuff as the cancer survivor. Sometimes it’s even harder on them because they have to watch it and see someone they love go through all the treatments.”

No matter where the survivors are in their battle with cancer, Kelley said the night is set aside to honor them.

“They get to go and walk at Relay [for Life], but this is the one night of the year for them to come, relax and have a good time,” she said.