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Twelve Oaks Stadium to host Relay for Life today

From Friday evening to Saturday morning, volunteers will walk, and run, around the clock at Twelve Oaks Stadium behind Lovejoy High School, to battle cancer.

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Clayton County will take start today at the stadium at 7 p.m., and continue until 7 a.m., on Saturday, May 17. The 12-hour relay will bring together numerous groups and individuals for a unified effort to fight back against the disease.

This year's honorary chair is State Rep. Michael Glanton (D-Jonesboro).

"We invite all to come and participate in this event," said Glanton. 'We are well on our way to exceeding our fund-raising goals, but need a last-minute boost in terms of contributions to be successful. No amount is too small ... every dollar counts and works toward cures."

The relay will open with a celebratory walk for cancer survivors. Those who have survived cancer are invited to an honorary survivor reception at 5:30 p.m., before the event starts. There will be several performances by local entertainers, singers and dancers.

The highlight of the evening is the luminaria service held after dark to honor cancer survivors, and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. Candles will be lit around the track and left to burn throughout the event.

For more information, contact Michelle Mirzaiee at (770) 960-5239 or Giana Humphrey at (404) 582-6113.

-- From staff reports