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Relay for Life of Dodge County Raises Over $32K | Community Spirit

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Relay for Life of Dodge County Raises Over $32K
Relay for Life of Dodge County Raises Over $32K

EASTMAN, GA (May 18, 2011) – Nearly 600 Dodge County residents, including at least 75 cancer survivors, converged at the Dodge County High School Track on April 15 and 16 to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. To date, they have raised more than $32,000, greatly exceeding the goal of $20,000. And funds are still coming in.

Last year, Dodge County did not have an official Relay event but raised $16,000 in a softball tournament. This year, residents wanted to restart Relay For Life in their county.

“This year’s Relay For Life is exceeding all goals, thanks to everyone in Dodge County who participated in Relay this year and helped to make the event such a success,” said Relay Chair Zandra Smith. “Everyone in Dodge County has been touched in some way by cancer, so this is a fight that the entire community can get behind. Relayers are literally taking steps to fight this disease that takes so many of our loved ones every year.”

Said Brooke Wright, the Society’s Community Manager for Dodge County, “To see so many people rallying around all of the cancer survivors and raising money to fight cancer is truly gratifying. With the incredible help of Zandra Smith and Ann Davis, we have not only reached out goals but gone over them. Thank you, Dodge County.”

If you still have money to turn for Relay For Life in Dodge, call Brooke Wright at 478-743-6391 or mail your check to American Cancer Society  Attn: Brooke Wright  804 Cherry Street,  Macon, GA 31201.  Include “Dodge County Relay For Life” on the memo line.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s Signature Event, taking place in more than 5,000 communities nationwide and in several foreign countries. Relays are overnight events, with teams camping out around a track. Each Relay begins with an inspirational opening ceremony, followed by cancer survivors taking the first lap around a track while other participants cheer them on. Then all Relay participants began walking around the track. After dark, Relay events feature a reverent luminary ceremony with hundreds of lighted candles to honor cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battles with the disease. Relays end with a closing ceremony the next morning. For information on Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

 

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