The celebration, which is open to everyone, will feature information on the campaign, the introduction of this year’s committee and a speech by a cancer survivor.
“After that, we mingle, talk and register (more) teams,” said Tonia Randall, Spalding County community manager for the American Cancer Society.
This year’s goal is to have 50 teams participate. Eight have registered so far, Randall said.
The campaign will culminate in an overnight event on May 14 at Spalding High School. There, teams will take turns walking the track throughout the day and night in honor of those who battle cancer 24 hours a day.
Everyone is welcome to get involved because “Relay For Life is helping to reach out in the community, raising money to help find a cure for cancer,” Randall said. “Everyone is touched by cancer somewhere, somehow.”
Last year, the Spalding County Relay For Life raised $185,000. This year’s goal is $180,000, Randall said.
The money, which is generated through fund-raiser events by individual teams, will not only go toward research on cancer, but it will also be used for patient services, such as a phone hot line (1-800-227-2345) and a road to recovery program, among others, she said.
For more information on Relay For Life and how to get involved locally, contact Randall at 770-631-0625 or visit www.relayforlife.org/spaldingcounty.