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Relay For Life kicks off in Thomasville

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - For the next 12 hours family, friends, and cancer survivors will take turns walking around the Thomasville High School track. The annual Thomasville Relay for Life kicks off at six with the ceremonial survivor walk.

Members of the community form teams to raise money for cancer research. "At our tent we're gunna have our girls from cosmetology at our college. They're gunna be out here. They're gunna be painting finger nails for a minimum three dollar donation," said Southwest Georgia Tech Teammate Summer Washington.

Summer Washington is representing Southwest Georgia Tech. "We have several members in our staff and our faculty that have had cancer or currently have cancer. We have actually four right now that are currently battling cancer."

The money goal for this year's event is $100,000. Representatives from the American Cancer Society say it's the healthy competition that will lead them to their goal. "We actually have a challenge going tonight which is a Raise Dough For Place To Go. The team that raises the most money online will get their own port a potty for their campsite," said ACS Community Manager Emily Lamontagne.

Doctors from the Archbold Oncology Department will be on hand to offer free cancer screenings. "We'll be doing blood for PSA screens, that's prostate cancer, cholesterol and glucose screening, skin checks, oral exams, that sort of thing," said Dr. J. Steven Johnson.

Dr. Johnson says Relay for Life is just a good time to reflect. He says it allows family members, friends, and survivors to get together to think about what they've been through and how it effects the entire community.

Anyone who wants to support the teams and cancer survivors is invited to come to the event. It runs until six Saturday morning.

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