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Relay for Life needs volunteers: "I feel like I've got a bigger heart"

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Elyse Atha and Elizabeth Deming share their experiences about volunteerism Elyse Atha and Elizabeth Deming share their experiences about volunteerism
New 2014 Relay for Life shirts that will be given out in April New 2014 Relay for Life shirts that will be given out in April
Over the last two years the organization has been able to double in the amount of lives saved. Over the last two years the organization has been able to double in the amount of lives saved.
This year they hope to raise 120,000 dollars This year they hope to raise 120,000 dollars
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

I am strength, I am hope, I am a survivor. A few simple words with great meaning, a message from Relay for Life to those fighting cancer and with the 2014 race almost here organizers are hoping to send out another message.

"We're really wanting to grow our event this year, you know we're trying to grow it year to year and to make that happen we need good volunteers," Relay for Life specialist Elyse Atha said.

Volunteers to be a part of their committee and people to oversee fund-raisers, it's something Relay for Life co-chair Elizabeth Deming takes pride in.

"It's nice to do something that you really truly believe in that you know is making a difference that you can see everyday," Deming shares.

Members say it changes people.

"I feel like I've got a bigger heart cause I'm constantly being inspired by my volunteers and by the patients I interact with.'

Her passion for volunteerism started a few years ago when many of her family members were diagnosed with cancer, but it was her grandmother's struggle that opened her eyes.

"Watching her go through that and fight that battle, it really made me want to get involved and do something about that," Atha explains. "I do it for her, you know, she's my reason that I relay."

For Deming, it's her husband who keeps her going, he's a 2 year survivor. She says to pull off an event like this requires the help of everyone, even if its not through a donation but something more important, time.

"It gives them someone to talk to, so you really feel like you're a part of that community."

Organizers hope by expanding the number of volunteers they can better assist their survivors and bring more awareness through projects.

And support can start as early as tonight. Albany Firehouse Subs and TCBY will be working with Relay for Life for their Restaurant Kick off, from 6pm to 8pm anyone who purchases from either of these restaurants will have a percentage of their proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society.

Click here to learn how you can volunteer for Relay for Life.

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