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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The voice of one of Albany's loudest business cheerleaders was silenced Monday night.

Sara Underdown died at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after a hard fight with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Friends at the Chamber of Commerce, where Underdown worked as the Vice President of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, say she brought tourism in Albany to a new level and will be remembered for her hard work starting up the Snickers Marathon Energy Bar Marathon. 

"It was because of her leadership and her encouragement that we were able to go out and seek the information we needed to start the bike race here," said CVB Director Lisa Riddle. "That was started the year before the marathon, but the marathon was the big baby and now it's just a huge weekend that the community supports."

Riddle said there's no way to tell how many people came to Albany because of Sara's efforts.

Memorial Services will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina and at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany once the arrangements are finalized.

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