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Survivors relay faith in fighting
Event benefits cancer research
Many cancer survivors were in attendance as the American Cancer Society kicked off its 2011 Relay for Life campaign at Sawnee Elementary School. The relay is scheduled for May 13 at the Cumming Fairgrounds. - photo by Autumn McBride
Debra McCormick’s bright smile and rosy complexion hide any trace of the life-threatening disease she beat four years ago.But like many others who came Tuesday night to kick off the American Cancer Society’s 2011 Relay for Life at Sawnee Elementary School, McCormick is a survivor.Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, McCormick said this is her fourth year participating in Relay for Life.“I have relayed because I am a survivor and I believe in what the American Cancer Society is doing,” said McCormick, adding that her mother is a one-year breast cancer survivor.She said participating in the fundraiser has given her a chance to meet new people and talk with others who share her struggle.“It is a real camaraderie,” she said. “It’s a wonderful place to be and it’s a lot of fun.”The relay is scheduled for May 13 at the Cumming Fairgrounds.The program’s theme this year is “Band Together to Save Lives.” Tuesday night's event included live music by local band On Seven.Steve Barnes, this year’s honorary chairman, coaches basketball and teaches biology at Forsyth Central High School.