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The Relay does go on: Bleckley Relay for Life held.
The Relay does go on: Bleckley Relay for Life held.

With gas and food prices high, fundraising of any kind is difficult.  Even for the American Cancer Society.  This year's Relay for Life held at Middle Georgia College's NeSmith Soccer Field was somewhat smaller in terms of participation and money raised.  But it didn't stop the hundreds who did attend from continuing the Relay's purpose of "Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back."

This year's theme was "Cancer doesn't take a holiday."  Team campsite were decorated in holiday themes ranging from the Fourth of July to Cinco De Mayo.  Each had food and other entertainment options.  For most of the night, participants celebrated the survivors.  When the lights began to fade, and luminary bags lit up around the track, it was time to remember.  A solemn luminary ceremony paid tribute to those who have survived as well as those who lost the fight against cancer.

After a night of walking, listening to local musical talents, and some line dancing, it was time for the final tally.  Bleckley Memorial Hospital's Team (S.C.R.U.B.S.) was the top earner and also had the best campsite.  Bleckley Elementary was second and Bleckley County Learning Center was third.  Total money raised as of midnight May 7 was $33,583. 

One banner at the relay said "There is no finish line until we find a cure!"  No doubt that the hundreds who were part of Friday's relay will be back again next year trying to get another step closer.

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