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Relay For Life begins Friday

By Kelsey Cochran

McDONOUGH — Henry County cancer survivors and their friends and family will join with the entire community as they strap on their sneakers this weekend for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

The annual cancer fundraising event will be held Friday and Saturday at Ola High School, located at 357 N. Ola Road in McDonough.

Opening ceremonies are set to begin Friday evening at 7 p.m.

The 12-hour event will conclude Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

Participants can join an existing team or form their own team, and can register by calling Caroline Windom with the American Cancer Society at (770) 632-6937.

According to the American Cancer Society, in local Relay For Life events throughout the world each year, “More than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.”

The Relay For Organization says the events are designed to:

• “Celebrate: During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they've overcome during the Survivors Lap.

• “Remember: During the Luminaria Ceremony, we remember people lost to cancer, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer.

• “Fight Back: The Fight Back Ceremony inspires Relay participants to take tangible action against a disease that has taken too much.”

Donations to the American Cancer Society, details about the organization’s efforts and the Relay For Life can be found at www.relayforlife.org.