Relay for Life for Houston County raises $305,000, spokeswoman says

bpurser@macon.comMay 18, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Relay for Life for Houston County raised $305,000 by midnight Friday for the American Cancer Society, a spokeswoman said.

Heather Gilbert, community manager of the American Cancer Society, said she’s confident the remaining $35,000 to reach the 2013 fundraising goal of $340,000 will come in before the cutoff for donations Aug. 31.

School groups and others participating in the annual campaign have not yet turned in their funds, she said.

More 300 survivors joined the Relay for Life walk at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, with about 95 of the 126 registered Relay for Life teams represented, Gilbert said. She said about 5,000 people were in attendance.

With the American Cancer Society celebrating its 100th birthday in May, Relay for Life for Houston County chose the theme A Century of Hope ... Relay Through the Decades, Gilbert said. She said participating teams dressed up for a particular decade for the walk.

“All the decades were well represented,” she said.

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To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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