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Relay for Life kicks off in Albany

April 20, 2007

Albany--Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States.

In an effort to find a cure, the American Cancer holds a popular fundraiser every year that attracts people who walk all night long.

The Relay for Life kicked off Wednesday night at Darton College and continues.

News 10 spoke with south Georgians personally affected by cancer.

For the hundreds out here, their walk is an emotional one.

"I have cancer.  You can see there's a lot of other people who have the same thing," says Bill Cuff.

"Everyone out here has been touched in one form or fashion with cancer," says Lola Sawyers.

Each step taken is a step toward beating the sometimes fatal disease.

"I didn't let it beat me. I beat it, and I'm still here now," says Lonnie Taylor.

Yet Lonnie Taylor never forgets her fight with breast cancer. In fact, she remembers the struggle vividly.

"I was devastated. I couldn't believe it was happening to me.  Having go through chemotherapy and losing my hair, losing weight, and being sick, that was something I was not used to," says Taylor.

But she's now been cancer free for 14 years and has been taking part in Relay for Life just as long.

"It makes me feel real good to see every body out here cheering us on--that makes you feel real good," says Taylor.

This is the 14th annual Relay for Life here in Dougherty County and for many cancer survivors here tonight the event provides them with a sense of hope and comraderie.

"It gives our survivors and our family members hope that we will find a cure," says Danielle Downs.

Danielle Downs works closely with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

"Events like these really bring out the heart, and the emotion, the energy and dedication in people," she says.

And you can find that dedication and optimism in survivors like Lonnie.

"Death does not come with cancer. Just keep the faith," she says.

The American Cancer society has already raised $100,000 from the event that will go toward cancer research.

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