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Clayton Relay For Life kicks off Friday

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Cancer survivor Davina O’Kere speaks during the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Clayton County survivors’ dinner held in Riverdale Friday.

Special Photo Cancer survivor Davina O’Kere speaks during the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Clayton County survivors’ dinner held in Riverdale Friday.

RIVERDALE — Clayton County residents are asked to help raise awareness in the battle against cancer this weekend.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Clayton County is set for Friday and organizers are expecting as many as 1,000 supporters to turn out in the fight against cancer.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with an opening lap at Southern Crescent Stadium, 6237 Garden Walk Blvd., on the campus of Drew High School.

Recognitions will follow and there will be a luminary ceremony at midnight. The event will end at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Raymona Tukes and Stephanie McKinnon are the event’s co-chairs, while Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon will serve as this year’s honorary chair.

Tukes said the event will feature a “kids corner, Zumba class, moonwalks, music entertainment and food vendors.” She added that visitors are welcome to bring their own food.

There are 60 teams and 351 individuals already signed up to participate, she said. So far, event organizers have collected $30,119 but the goal is to raise $80,000 for cancer research.

“The funds go to programs that, for example, help provide transportation for someone that’s battling cancer,” said Tukes.

She pointed to one team that has collected the most so far — the Clayton County Tax Commissioners Office team called “Happy Feet.” She said the team has collected $6,057 so far.

Tukes encourages individuals to donate by stopping by the event’s donation tent or by visiting www.relayforlife.org.