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Organizers prepare for Relay for Life

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Relay for life is kicking off at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds. The opening ceremony started with their survivor lap followed by a caregiver lap and the atmosphere here is full of excitement.

Organizers have been out here all day setting up for this event.  45 teams set up food and games for tonight's event. Organizers say 300 relayers are participating and they expect close to 500 people to celebrate in the fun and supporting cancer survivors. This year's theme is "Candy Land: Nothing Sweeter Than A Cure." Organizers say if you can't make it to the one here in Albany tonight there will be several other relay for life events in other counties this weekend.  

"I know other big ones going on tonight. There's one in Tift County, there's one in Sumter County. There's one in Terrell tomorrow and one in Calhoun tomorrow, so there's probably about 13 different ones going on this weekend," said Elyse Atha.  

Teams will also pass out candy to children during the Children's candy lap. The event is free and open to the public.  All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.  Everyone will be Relaying for Life until 6 a.m.

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