Muscogee County Relay for Life hosts kickoff event

Muscogee County Relay for Life hosts kickoff event

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The world's largest peer to peer cancer fundraising event kicked off Monday in Columbus.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Muscogee County started its new fundraising season.

At Relay for Life events, participants celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones, and take action for lifesaving change. Prior to the relay, groups of teams raise funds by doing different things such as bake sales, golf tournaments, and fun events at their workplace.

They use the money that is raised to develop therapies and build support communities. There are approximately 125 teams taking part this year and they hope to raise up to $400,000.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Relay. At tonight's event, survivors, volunteers, and staff enjoyed music, refreshments, and gave information and resources.

"It's so important so that we can find a cure for cancer, that dreaded disease that so many of us are affected by. We at American Cancer Society talk about how we are just one degree from cancer. Everybody has been touched by it in some way or another and it is just so important that we find a cure," says Brittany Haines, president for American Cancer Society leadership council for Muscogee County.

To sign up and be a part of the event, click here, and search for 'Muscogee County.'

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