Cancer has impacted almost everyone's lives in some way. Either you have survived cancer, have cancer, or a loved one has felt the effects of the brutal disease.

This weekend, the Valdosta chapter of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life allows the survivors, the afflicted and those who love them to share their stories while raising money to fight cancer.

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday and continuing through noon Saturday at the Lowndes High School track, the Relay For Life is "an opportunity for each person to participate in the fight against cancer," says Nina King, a local organizer. "It is about a community that takes up the fight. It is about empowering individuals to fight back against a disease that has taken so much from them."

Personal experience usually draws people to the Relay, she says. "Everyone has his or her own story of a special person who battled cancer. They are committed to the cause of eradicating cancer. The Relay for Life is an event everyone can participate in."

With its Survivor Lap, the candlelight luminary service and other moments, the Relay celebrates triumphs over cancer while honoring the struggles and losses caused by cancer.

The Relay For Life is a celebration for the living, a tribute to the survivors and a memorial to the people lost to cancer. We applaud the Cancer Society's efforts and the contributions of everyone involved in this event.

We urge support for those people who will be walking and thank those individuals and businesses that already have committed financial support to the fund-raiser.



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