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Gwinnett Relay For Life Provides Opportunities to Raise Awareness for Cancer

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Have you or someone you know been touched by cancer? No matter your ethnicity, economic status or age, most people have felt the effects of this devastating disease. For those looking to join the cause and make a change in the lives of others, the Gwinnett Relay For Life is adding teams of family members, friends, co-workers and survivors in an effort to raise funds and awareness to find a cure for cancer.

Long known as the largest Relay For Life event in the world, Relay is an overnight team event that provides a way for communities to take up the fight against cancer. Teams are formed through businesses, schools, churches, neighborhoods and civic organizations. Members of teams take turns walking the track throughout the night and into the morning. This symbolizes that cancer does not sleep and that our community will not rest until a cure is discovered.

“I Relay not just because of the personal effects cancer had on my life, but to share a gift with others who fight daily against this disease. I hope for a day when we see more birthdays and to live in world erased of cancer,”# says Mountain View High School Team Captain, Jill England.

For nearly 27 years, the Gwinnett community has supported the fight against cancer, raising more than $27 million since the event”s inception. This year”s Gwinnett Relay For Life will take place on Fri., May 4 to Sat., May 5 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

“Relay For Life provides an opportunity for members of our community to deal with the emotional sting of cancer in our lives,”# says Linda Cerjan, senior income manager for the American Cancer Society. “It”s a time to celebrate and honor survivors and to remember loved ones lost.”#

Join the cause and organize a team today! For more information on becoming involved in Relay For Life, visit gwinnettrelayforlife.org or contact the American Cancer Society at 770-814-0123, extension 29027.