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Relay for Life is Friday

The 12th annual Relay For Life in McDuffie County begins Friday evening at the Thomson High School track.

"We've got a lot of activity, a lot of events going on and everything looks toward a tremendous Friday night," Relay co-chairman Bob Knox said.

Two parts of the Relay have diminished this year - the goal and the time. This year's goal is $200,000, which is $50,000 less than last year's goal. Mr. Knox said the goal was lessened because of the economic situation of the country. The event, which takes place in cities across the nation, is the primary fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

"But we've still got an ambitious goal of $200,000, and we're well on our way toward that," Mr. Knox said. "I'm confident that we will reach that goal. And that will be a very tremendous accomplishment in this financial economy that we're in right now."

Usually held all night long, this year's Relay begins at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Friday. Although there's eight fewer hours in the event to work on raising money, the 42 teams involved have actually been working since last year's Relay ended, holding yard sales, dinners and other fund raisers.

And the fun will continue throughout the event Friday evening, with raffles, cook-outs and entertainment. Mr. Knox said even though it ends at midnight, nothing will change.

"We'll just end a little sooner, that's all," he said. "Everything will be the same."

Two hundred and fifty survivors were expected at the survivor banquet held last night, and to walk in the survivor lap Friday. Mr. Knox said he expected 2,000 participants at the event.

Thomson High School is located on White Oak Road, and the track is behind the school.

Web posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009

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