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Long Relay raises $35,000

POSTED: May 24, 2013 9:41 a.m.
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Relay for Life participants of all ages last weekend helped Long County raise money to fight cancer.

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Long County’s Relay for Life last Saturday raised more than $35,000 to help fight cancer, according to Co-Chairwoman Deborah Wells. This year’s goal was $37,000,
and the money from several fundraisers still is rolling in, so Wells expects to hit the goal.
This year’s relay consisted of 23 teams, which surpassed the goal of 22. More than 70 cancer survivors took part in the event.
Coastal Manor team member Elise Stafford stressed the importance of seeking a cure for cancer.
 “I applaud all of those who fought cancer and survived. Seeing them make their victory laps was heartfelt. The luminaries set out for those who succumbed to cancer set the evening’s tone with a respectful remembrance of our need to continue working to find a cure,” she said.
Sheriff Craig Nobles and Long County Commission Chairman Robert Long both spoke about Relay for Life’s reputation for being a positive community gathering.
“When we have it every year, the community always comes together because they know it’s for such a good cause. When you’re out here, you can’t help but have a good time,” Nobles said.
“I’m very happy to see all Long Countians come together for such a good cause — to stamp out cancer. We have wonderful people and as the Long County Commission chairman, I personally want to say thank you for all that you do for our county,” Long said.    Although several activities took place that evening in Ludowici, the track was filled with walkers making their rounds. Several inflatable bounce houses for the children were set up on the infield, and the smell of Brunswick stew, fried fish, hamburgers and cotton candy tempted relay attendees from one end of the track to the other.
American Red Cross Community Manager Sharon Proudfoot said that Long County always does a great job with its relay, especially considering the county’s population is a little more than 14,000.
“I want to thank Long County for being so generous and supportive of the Relay and the American Cancer Society,” she said. “You are truly a community taking up the fight.”
Proudfoot said that this year’s presenting partner was A New Beginning Church and the celebration partner was From the Pit to the Promise. The gold partners were Canoochee EMC and Altamaha Federal Credit Union.
Wells said people still can support Long’s Relay for Life by making pledges at
“I want to thank everyone for their support this year, and I look forward to next year,” Wells said.

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