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Relay participants gearing up for spring
Relay for Life 2013 is getting off to a solid start.

More than 100 men and women turned out for the kick-off meeting this week at the Island Inn on St. Simons Island.

The spring-time event, a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held April 26 and 27 at the Brunswick Exchange Club Fairgrounds off Altama Avenue.

Funds raised by teams - which can be formed by anyone, including civic groups, churches, businesses and schools - go to support cancer research.

Sharon Proudfoot, community manager for the South Atlantic District of the American Cancer Society, based in Brunswick, said more than 120 people attended the inaugural meeting Thursday.

The goal this year is to have 98 teams, some 53 of which have already signed up to participate.

"We're about three-quarters of the way, between registered and committed teams, to our goal," Proudfoot told The News earlier.

The fundraising goal is set at $302,000, and progress is already being made toward the amount.

As of Thursday, some 342 men, women and children had raised upwards of $36,000.

It's not too late for teams to sign up, Proudfoot said.

Teams usually set up tents and other displays the night of the event and often sell food, drinks, raffle tickets or services, including haircuts, for donations, which are collected until sunrise the next day. Team members walk a circular track in relays.

Fundraising tips, in addition to car washes and raffles, inlcude volunteering to take care of someone's pet while they are away for a donation to Relay for Life and asking a local gas outlet for permission to pump gas for customers for tips.

Relay for Life events also are held in McIntosh, Brantley and Camden counties.

Sign Up

If interested in signing up for Relay for Life April 26-27, call the American Cancer Society at 265-7177.

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