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Walk-a-thon bolsters fight against cancer

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POSTED: May 4, 2010 10:15 a.m.
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A popular area at the 2010 Long County Relay was the Kid Zone, sponsored by Smiley Elementary School.

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The annual Long County Relay for Life Friday in Ludowici at Veteran’s Stadium raised more than $30,000, according to organizer Brandi Smiley.
“Right now, we are pretty sure that we have raised a little over thirty thousand dollars, but we’ll know a little bit better, later,” Smiley said of the fifth annual event.
“This is a wonderful activity, but we really need even more support, more outreach,” cancer survivor Lillian Banks, who had Hodgkin s disease in 1978, said. “The money raised provides a lot to those in need.”
The fundraiser for the American Cancer Socety began just after 6 p.m. with an opening ceremony, followed by the survivors lap featuring people who had survived battles with cancer. Caregivers then got a lap, followed by the different teams taking to the track. There were 14 teams registered teams and activities all over the field to keep kids and adults busy all night.
Shaun Holland, who lost his father Tommy Holland Sr. to cancer in March 2006, said, “My Daddy died of cancer four years ago, so I know this is really a good cause, but it also is good in that people you haven’t seen in a while seem to always be here. This is the third one I’ve been to, and it always draws a lot of people from the community out.”
Activities included the Long RFL Beauty Pageant, the Wacky Hair Salon, the Paint Ball Target Range, the Jail-&-Bail, and the Kid Zone.  There also was plenty of food on sale, with sausage dogs, fish sandwiches, barbecue ribs and much more.
Entertainment included the Praise Dancers from Ludowici Church of God, Taylor Gillies Interpretive Dance, Young Adult Drama, and singing by the David Turner Band.
The relay survived a threat of rain all night, with only a small amount of drizzle hitting the football field around 10. It didn’t slow anyone down from walking their laps, or getting a late night snack.
Sponsors included the Ludowici Bank, Altahmaha Federal Credit Union, Hall’s Electrical Service, the Huddle House, The Heritage Bank, the Long County Wildlife Festival, the Long County School System, Cannoochee EMS, and McCullough & Swindell, PC.
The night wrapped up at midnight, with the individual teams breaking down their tents and packing up until next year.
Smiley said that even though this year’s walk is over, people still have the opportunity to give to the cause, and can do so through May.
“To everyone that contributed time, hard-work, and yourselves to this year’s Relay, thank you for your commitment and dedication; we couldn’t do it without you”, said Smiley.
 

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