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Relay for Life this Friday
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Riverview Middle Schools team clocks laps around the makeshift track at the 2016 Relay for Life in Dawsonville. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The annual Dawson County Relay for Life will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park in Dawsonville.

This year's theme is "One wish, Two wish, You wish, We wish for a cure," inspired by Dr. Seuss and will be a celebration of cancer survivors and their families, as well as those taken by the disease.

According to the Relay for Life website, there are currently around 25 teams, made up of approximately 140 volunteers, participating in the Dawson County event.

The teams so far have raised more than $27,000 to support cancer research, patient programs and education efforts and services.

The goal this year is $60,000, $10,000 more than last year's goal.

Top team donors so far are Dawson County Parks and Recreation with $10,445 and United Community Bank with $5,373 donated.

Top individual participants include Dawson County Relay for Life Chairwoman Kris Rowan, Joan Talley, Buffie Hamil, Dianne Goswick and Sheri Clark, with $13,303 raised between them.

Rowan took the seat as chairwoman after Nicole Stewart decided to run for the tax commissioner office. Rowan has served on the volunteer committee for six years.

"I do Relay because I lost my mom to leukemia," Rowan said. "I just think it's a great opportunity to raise awareness. We've just lost too many people to cancer and I know a cure is out there, we just have to raise awareness."

The honorary chairman this year is Tim Satterfield, deputy fire chief, who has been fighting a personal battle with pancreatic cancer.

Teams have activities planned for all ages including face painting, cotton candy, snow cones, bouncy castles and cake walks.

A variety of tasty dishes from BBQ, sandwiches and dessert treats will also be available to purchase.

Opening ceremonies start at 6 p.m. Other activities will include a ceremony for those who have battled cancer and the annual survivors lap at 7 p.m. to celebrate their personal victories against the disease. The luminaria lighting will be held at 9 p.m.

All funds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society.