Muscogee County fights cancer through annual Relay for Life event

Muscogee County fights cancer through annual Relay for Life event

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Thousands of residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Muscogee County to help finish the fight against cancer.

The event takes place from Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. through Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at Kinnett Stadium.

The Relay for Life program is a community-based event where teams and individuals set up campsites at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path.

Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times. Cancer survivors and caregivers take a celebratory first lap to start each event.

Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide last year; the Relay for Life of Muscogee County was the nineteenth largest event in the world in 2014.

The funds raised support groundbreaking cancer research, education and prevention programs, and critical services for people facing cancer.

In addition to the support of the community, Relay for Life of Muscogee County is also supported by many businesses and organizations. The event's 2015 Presenting Sponsors include Aflac, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Pratt & Whitney.

It's not too late for community members to get involved in the event or make a donation to the Relay for Life of Muscogee County.

For more information, visit

or call 706-324-4593.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US during the past two decades, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year.  We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. As the nation's  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, we're finding cures and ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, visit

or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.

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