The Polk County Relay for Life is an event where people from all over the county can wage a war against cancer in their own personal way.
Having been a highly successful event over the past several years, organizers are hoping that this year’s Relay will be even better.
The Relay gives citizens a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society, which in turn supports funding for medical research to combat the disease.
There are many ways residents can participate in the event, said organizer Lindy Fairel, and this Thursday’s kick-off celebration will give people a chance to learn more about how they can help.
Taking place at 6:30 p.m. inside the Nathan Dean Community Center in Rockmart, Fairel said the celebration, which includes dinner, allows people to network and come up with ideas for the upcoming relay. “Everyone is invited to the kick-off and we especially want people who haven’t participated before, but would like to start this year,” Fairel commented.
The Relay has really taken off in the last few years, said Fairel. “It’s just grown by leaps and bounds over the last two years.”
Fariel’s husband, Andy, also has experience with the Relay. As part of Rockmart’s First Baptist Church team last year, he helped raise over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society. The church team held a special 5K race, along with an event just for kids dubbed “Fun Run.” He said the team is planning on holding the race again, but this time, he said, they are hoping to raise even more money.
Young or old, Fairel said, anyone can help in the fight against cancer. “It affects everybody. Every one knows at least one person who had cancer and has been diagnosed.”
Tickets to the celebration can be purchased for $10. The meal includes almond-crusted chicken, green beans, garlic potatoes, rolls, tea and dessert.
To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Lindy Fariel at 678-721-5250, Sue Lewis at 77-684-1560 or Kim Fendya at 77-429-0089, ext. 249.