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Relay for Life on Friday at Cumming Fairgrounds
Relay for Life

An event later this week will honor those who have battled cancer and raise funds for research and patient services.

From 6 p.m. until midnight on Friday, Relay for Life of Forsyth County will be hosted by the American Cancer Society at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Rena Pendley, a senior community manager with American Cancer Society, said there will be lots of fun activities going on to raise money to help causes fighting the disease.

“The funds that we raise with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life go to local patients’ services and also to research,” Pendley said.

The evening will start with an opening ceremony, including a survivor/caregiver walk.

 “Part of the opening from 6-7 p.m. is a survivor walk, where we invite cancer survivors to join the survivor walk … to celebrate those that have survived the disease,” Pendley said.

Relay for Life will also feature a luminaria ceremony in which each candle represents those who lost their lives to cancer, those fighting the disease and cancer survivors.

“If someone wants to come out and join us for that ceremony, there will be an option to add candles on the track up to the moment of lighting,” Pendley said.

The event will also have activities for the whole family.

Pendley said though some teams have pre-registered for Relay for Life, registration is not required and the event is open to the community. She said teams set up booths around the fairgrounds “kind of like in a festival-like atmosphere.”

“There are about 42 teams that have registered for the event to fundraise,” she said. “Most of those teams will be coming out on-site to set up and do some fundraising. That will include food, a lot of good stuff for families – like there will be a kids’ zone with a jump house – we’ll have the bucket truck from Sawnee EMC, so there’s going to be a lot of fun on-site.”

During Relay for Life, one group’s fundraising activity will be a 5K race on Castleberry Road.

“Registration for the Olé 5K will start at 7:30 and we will go down Castleberry for a little ways and come back,” Pendley said. “It’s a $25 charge to participate. You can register there that night to run, you don’t have to register prior-to … Then, every runner gets a free taco.”

Pendley said the event will have many food vendors, games and entertainment acts.

“We just invite anybody to come out Friday evening with a family and just spend a couple of hours with us,” she said. “It will be very well worth it.”