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Lace up! Relay for Life kicks off

Elyse Atha Elyse Atha
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The annual Relay for Life hosted by the American Cancer Society will kick off at Darton College Friday night. 

Organizers say they have raised nearly $100,000 with 49 teams.  The walk will have the live bands, food, and games for purchase. All the proceeds will go toward research for the American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society Community Manager, Elyse Atha, believes events like these help build strong foundations for survivors and their families. 

"It feels really great to know that the community has really stepped up and helped us this year...our teams have really dived in and are really excited. And that excitement has generated throughout our whole event and I think this is going to be one of the best events we have had yet," Atha said.

The relay begins at 6 P.M. and will last until 6 A.M. Saturday. Atha says the reason why it lasts the entire night is to symbolize what cancer patients go through with their diagnosis.  Atha says the sun setting is when they hear they are diagnosed,  it represents the uncertainty of cancer. 

"Throughout the night we aren't getting any sleep, we get tired just like the cancer patient does when they go through their treatment," Atha continued. "But when the sun rises, that's the light of hope when they finish their last treatment." 

Organizers say the event should be their biggest one yet. 

If you would like to learn more or be a part of the event click here, Relay for Life sign up

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