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Relay raises more than $55,000 for cancer research
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The 15th annual DeKalb County Relay for Life raised more than $55,000 for cancer research this year. - photo by Photo by: Reed Vanderpool
Greenbrook Park came alive with the sights and sounds of the 15th annual Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society.Many area churches, civic organizations and businesses helped raise money with children’s games, activities and food booths.More than $55,000 was raised before and during the the event.Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families.Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.After a ceremony with prayers, testimonials from cancer survivors, and a song in the survivors’ honor performed by Shelley Cross and Bonnie Rigsby, who are cancer survivors themselves, the opening lap was walked by local cancer survivors. A luminaria ceremony was held after the sun went down, honoring survivors and those lost to cancer with lighted bags lining the park’s walking track.The park’s bandstand featured several local entertainers, as well as an annual Relay tradition, the male beauty contest, where men dress as women and the winner is decided by who collected the most money from the crowd during the evening.Todd Stoglin of Federal Mogul won the contest, collecting $358.Tony Nabors, also of Federal Mogul, collected $352.Zach Thompson of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church Youth Group collected $160, and Jordan Gash, also representing Elizabeth Chapel, received $100 in donations.The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.