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Fundraising under way for 2014 Relay for Life in north Fulton
by Nicole Dow
October 16, 2013 11:51 AM | 1161 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo<br>From left, Kari Bailey, Leslie Martinez, Sharman Mullen, Katha Stuart and Sheila Vahey, who served as event chairs for Relay For Life of Alpharetta, Roswell and Johns Creek, gather for the 2011 North Fulton Survivor Luncheon. This year's Survivor Luncheon, honoring cancer survivors, will be Oct. 19 at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta.
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From left, Kari Bailey, Leslie Martinez, Sharman Mullen, Katha Stuart and Sheila Vahey, who served as event chairs for Relay For Life of Alpharetta, Roswell and Johns Creek, gather for the 2011 North Fulton Survivor Luncheon. This year's Survivor Luncheon, honoring cancer survivors, will be Oct. 19 at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta.
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Special Photo<br>Community members walk the track at Milton Center Stadium during the "survivor lap" at Relay For Life of Alpharetta's opening ceremony on April 26, 2013. Fundraising has officially kicked off for those participating in Relay For Life walks in Alpharetta, Roswell and Johns Creek next spring.
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Community members walk the track at Milton Center Stadium during the "survivor lap" at Relay For Life of Alpharetta's opening ceremony on April 26, 2013. Fundraising has officially kicked off for those participating in Relay For Life walks in Alpharetta, Roswell and Johns Creek next spring.
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Fundraising has begun for teams raising money for Relay For Life events in Roswell, Alpharetta and Johns Creek this spring.

Relay For Life of Johns Creek will host a kickoff event Oct. 23 at Taylor Road Middle School from 6 to 7 p.m.

“The purpose of our kickoff event is to bring the community together early to get everybody excited and pumped about Relay,” said Erika Perry, senior community engagement representative with the American Cancer Society. “During the kickoff, it’s a time to fellowship, we always have food, and we just provide updates about the 2014 Relay season.”

Johns Creek’s Relay event will take place May 2 at Taylor Road Middle School. Relay For Life events in Roswell and Alpharetta will both take place April 25 at Roswell High School and the Milton Center Stadium, respectively. The events will all start at 6 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. the following morning.

“It’s an overnight event because we say cancer never sleeps,” Perry said.

She said Relay For Life is an opportunity to bring different members of a community together to honor cancer survivors, remember those who lost their battle with cancer and to raise funds and awareness. Last year Relay For Life of Alpharetta raised $107,000, Relay For Life of Johns Creek raised $129,000 and Relay For Life of Roswell raised $134,000.

Relay teams for the spring are forming now.

“Our teams usually range from businesses and company teams to faith-based teams to school teams to family and friends teams,” Perry said.

On Saturday, the Relay committees from Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Roswell will co-host the North Fulton Survivor Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta. The luncheon, sponsored by ADP and catered by Shane’s Rib Shack, will begin at noon.

“The survivor luncheon is for the survivors and their caregivers who have traditionally participated in our Relays,” Perry said. “It’s yet another opportunity for us to celebrate survivorship outside of Relay.”

There is no fundraising component to the luncheon; it is strictly about honoring cancer survivors, she said. The luncheon will also serve an educational component with speakers discussing the American Cancer Society’s programs, services and advocacy efforts.

To RSVP to the luncheon or for more information about Relay events, contact Perry at (404) 582-6112 or erika.perry@cancer.org.

ON THE WEB: www.johnscreekrelayforlife.org, www.alpharettarelayforlife.org and www.roswellrelayforlife.org

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