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McDuffie Relay for Life takes year off

After a dozen years of being one of the nation's top Relay For Life events, the American Cancer Society's Relay in McDuffie County will take 2010 off.

But the McDuffie Relay, which has raised more than $2 million since its beginning 12 years ago, is expected to be back in full swing in 2011.

Bob Knox, who has headed up the Relay in McDuffie as a volunteer, made the difficult decision to take a breather this year after 12 years of non-stop work to coordinate the event and make it one of the most successful in the country, said Summer Garrison, the Society's Senior Community Manager in Augusta.

"We are very grateful to McDuffie Relay participants and sponsors for their ongoing support, and we look forward to working with them again next year when that Relay resumes," Garrison said.

"But we also want to be sure that McDuffie cancer survivors and Relayers who want to participate in a Relay this year are able to find a Relay near them. We encourage them to call or email us so we can direct them to a nearby Relay event."

To find a Relay or for more information, call 706-731-9900 or email

Or you can go to and click on the Relay map to find a Relay For Life near you.

If you are a cancer survivor and would like to participate in the Survivor Lap of one of the nearby Relay For Life events please complete the survivor form and return to the American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Blvd., Augusta, GA 30909 by April 22.

Once you return the Survivor Registration Form either someone from the American Cancer Society will call you or mail you additional information.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer.

As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.

We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Survivors may walk in the "Survivor Lap" in one of the following Relay For Life events:

Warren County (April 23), Lincoln County (April 30),Harlem (April 30), Wilkes County (May 7), Jefferson County (May 7), Augusta (May 14), Taliaferro County (May 21).

Please contact Summer Garrison at the American Cancer Society by April 22 by calling 706-731-9900.

Web posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010

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