Relay for Life Comes to Downtown Toccoa

Survivors and others walk in the 2013 Relay for Life Friday in downtown Toccoa

The fight against cancer comes to downtown Toccoa.

The 20th annual Stephens County Relay for Life took place Friday night in downtown Toccoa.

This was the first time the Relay had made its home in downtown, moving from its previous location at Stephens County High School.

American Cancer Society Stephens County Community Manager Tracey Long said they are pleased with the turnout and the way Relay turned out downtown.

“We brought it downtown and just gave it new life,” said Long. “We have got more survivors than we have ever had down here. We have teams set up. It is just packed. I could not ask for anything more.”

The Relay for Life brings teams representing churches, schools, businesses, and others together to raise money to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Long said fundraising started back in January for this year and Stephens County is once again well on its way to meeting its goal.

“As of right now, we are hitting about $60,000 on a goal of $70,000,” said Long. “Our end of the year is in August. I have no doubt we will make it there (to the goal).”

According to Long, the money that comes in to the American Cancer Society through Relay helps in a number of different ways. Money goes towards research, helping people pay for treatments and prescriptions, and helping transport people to treatments, among other things.

Long went on to say that the success of Relay is clear through the survivors that come out to the event.

“Two out of three survivors are surviving cancer due to the Relay for Life, due to teams that are out here raising money, selling cupcakes, having yard sales,” said Long. “Our average donation is $10. That $10 times everyone out here is going to save lives.”

Organizers said they appreciate the city of Toccoa for their assistance in hosting the Relay downtown this year, as well as all of the volunteers who help make Relay happen.