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Albany Relay for Life participant on 4th cancer bout

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

On Friday evening, F&W Forestry joined the Albany Relay for Life for the first time.

But it is not the first time one of their team members has had to battle cancer.

"Three times, I'm on my fourth try," said Rick Hopkins, a three-time cancer survivor.

Hopkins overcame lymphoma in 1993 and 1995. Had a kidney removed in 2005 due to cancer. And was diagnosed with lymphoma again just last year.

"I think, attitude has a lot to do with how well the treatments work," said Hopkins. "And, I think, if you go into it with a fighting attitude, you've got a lot better chance than you do if you go in already giving up."

Hopkins' wife, Karen, works for F&W, which helped him make his decision to join the team.

"We're out to support all of our family and friend that have been affected by cancer," said Scott Howell, F&W Relay co-captain.

Scott Howell has dealt with cancer, caring for his own dad. He said helping the cause is important to him.

"With people like Ricky, out here with our team, it helps to put a person that you know and love with your efforts," said Howell.

Hopkins said support from F&W and family, and most of all the love and support of his wife of 28 years, has helped him beat cancer.

"I get a lot of support from her," said Hopkins. "This is my minister and angel here, buddy. I couldn't. I wouldn't even wanna have to think about having to do it without her. "

And with his angel, Hopkins was able to ride the survivor lap of the relay.

Almost 50 teams and 400 participants walked to fight cancer at Darton College.

Of those teams, F&W raised the most money coming in to the day, raising almost $9,400 dollars.

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