Two colorful families of pink flamingos have taken up residence in front yards around the county, but these birds will not be staying long.
The leggy, pink plastic birds will be making the rounds as part of a fund raising effort to benefit the local Relay for Life.
Those who find they have been "Flocked with Flamingos" can make a donation and have them moved to a friend's yard.
Although colorful and whimsical, the flamingo families have a serious side. Each family of birds consists of three large and three small birds which represent local children who have struggled with cancer. Three were younger children and three were older when they received the diagnoses, but each had a personal struggle with a different type of cancer.
The six families involved have joined to form a group called "Families with Hope," the only family team in the McDuffie County Relay for Life, said group member Judy Hobbs.
The families, who banded together last year, hope their efforts will raise money for research and raise awareness of cancer and its devastating effects, she said.
While parents and families struggle with the illness and feel helpless to affect the medical aspects of the disease, they are taking action of another kind as they support the relay.
"This is something I can do," Ms. Hobbs said.
As part of their brochure, the families released the statement, "As we are walking the track on May 13, 2005, we will be remembering what our families have gone through. We hope that you will find it in your heart to make this effort to raise money and awareness of cancer not to be a vain one. Thank you for all that you can do to help us in our efforts."