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Relay for Life prepares to kick off 2015
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The Dawson County Relay for Life leadership teams Purple Potty will soon be making its return. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

The 2015 Relay for Life campaign is getting back to Dawson County roots, according to a local organizer.

The local arm of the American Cancer Society will be holding its "Racing to a Cure" kickoff event at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

"It's unfortunate that we have to have an event like this, but to see so much support from the community is great," said Brooke VanBuskirk with the American Cancer Society. "This is an amazing community and I know it will continue to do an amazing thing."

VanBuskirk said that the group wanted to take Relay in Dawson County to the community's grass roots.

Relay for Life gives cancer survivors and supporters a chance to unite as a community to honor survivors, raise awareness of reducing cancer risks and collect funds to help the American Cancer Society.

Also making its return this year is Dawson County Relay's "Purple Potty."

"The Purple Potty is the event leadership team's fundraiser," VanBuskirk said. "People can pay to put the toilet anonymously in people's yards or businesses and then that person pays to send it to another business or take it away. You can also pay ‘Plumber's Insurance' to make sure that you are safe from another hit for a month."

Prices for a potty "hit" are $10 remove, $15 to send and $20 for plumber's insurance.

The 2015 Relay for Life event is set for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 25 at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

For more information about Relay for Life or to sign up, visit To set up a Purple Potty hit, call Nichole Stewart at (330) 817-3529.