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Relay for Life set for Friday night at THS

One of McDuffie County's most popular fundraisers is right around the corner.

The Thomson-McDuffie Relay for Life will take place this weekend, and in what may put them on the wrong side of the law, a group of local families has gotten together and convinced a few lucky law enforcement officers -- including Sheriff Logan Marshall -- to be targets in a pie-throwing booth. Pies will be $1, except for the one for Sheriff Marhsall, which will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

The group calls itself "Families with Hope" and, as its name suggests, is comprised of families that have had children afflicted by cancer.

"We just decided this year to ask others to all go in together to pool resources," said Judy Hobbs, whose son Ethan is now healthy after battling cancer for two years.

To raise money, the families created cookbooks and even hosted a barbeque chicken dinner. And along with the fundraising came with it a healthy dose of fellowship.

Mrs. Hobbs said it was refreshing to speak with other families that went through the same things her family did.

"We had an opportunity where we all sat down, and we were able to share our children's stories," she said.

Relay for Life will be held at the Thomson High School track and begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 a.m. the next morning.

Forty-four teams and around 2,100 people are expected to participate in the event. As in previous years, there will be food, music and lots of activities in which to take part. Event Co-Chairperson Peggy Willis said that the far-reaching effects of cancer are what prompt so many people to participate.

"Many people have been personally affected, either themselves or someone in their family or a close friend. It's a way of showing our support for survivors, and it's a way to honor people who've lost the battle," she said.



Web posted on Thursday, May 13, 2004


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