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August 11, 2005

 Albany-- Supporters of the 2005 Riverfront Run kicked off their awareness campaign Thursday morning at the new Hilton Gardens Hotel. The 5K and one mile run will help raise money to fight Cancer in Southwest Georgia.

 Sabrina Powell is training to run in her first marathon in Washington D.C. in October, five years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Powell said "I'm not only physically fit now, but I'm also hoping to keep my disease from coming back."

Powell is one of the cancer survivors asking Southwest Georgians to join her in the Riverfront Run October 15th in Albany. More than 600 runners took part in the first event last year.

It's a fundraiser for the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition. some of the money will pay for early testing for low income people. Powell said "Hopefully it will help people who are not insured, or don't have the money for those screenings."

Oncologist Dr. Jose Tongol founded the Riverfront Run, because he believes exercise is one of the keys to fighting cancer. Dr. Tongol said "35 percent of the cancer are related to obesity and dietary problems."

Powell has run two half marathons, and plans to compete in the Marine Marathon this fall in Washington D.C. But she says she would not miss the Riverfront Run. Powell said "You can survive cancer, and you can return to a normal life. And You can be healthy."

 Powell challenges other South Georgians to take part in the Riverfront Run, and to learn more about cancer in Southwest Georgia.

 The second annual run will take place on October 15, and will start at the Hilton Gardens, wind through downtown Albany, and culminate at the Flint RiverQuarium.

Runners can register by calling 229-888-8989, and online at www.riverfrontrun.com .

 E-mail for details at info@riverfrontrun.com . The fee is $15 in advance for adults, $18 on race day.

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