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New changes, same traditions for annual Relay For Life

  • By Melanie Ruberti
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  • Mar. 31, 2018 - 11:05 PM

New changes, same traditions for annual Relay For Life

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Dr. Frank Powell, center, a physician with Piedmont Newnan Hospital, leads the “Piedmont Cancer Warriors” around the track during the 2017 Relay For Life event.

The glitz and glam of Hollywood will be making a stop at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on April 27 during the 24th annual Relay For Life.

This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Relay,” and will focus on the dazzle of the Hollywood scene and bring popular movies, characters and actors to life, said Susan Duncan, the co-organizer for the Relay For Life of Coweta County.  

“The teams are encouraged to decorate their tents in movie themes,” she said. “We’re also holding a ‘Hollywood Star Look Alike’ contest during the Relay for Life. People will dress up as their favorite actor or character in movie … then walk around to get donations. The person with the most donations wins the contest.”

Most of the music during the event will also be movie- themed or from popular films, such as “Happy” from “Despicable Me” and “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie.”

Even some of the laps around the track will have special themes, said Duncan.

“... People are encouraged to bring props to wear or use while they walk,” she explained. “There will be a ‘character kids lap,’ where kids can dress up and we’ll play music from children’s movies. There will be an ‘action genre lap,’ and we’ll play music from movies like ‘Raiders of Lost Ark’ ... an ‘80’s lap,’ where the music will include songs from movies such as, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off …’

“It will be a very family and kid friendly, carnival-like event,” Duncan added.

This year’s Relay For Life will also include acts from a magician, a local band and dancers.

While the annual event promises to be a night of fun and joy, Duncan and Relay for Life volunteers still plan on honoring cancer survivors.

The annual event celebrates life and honors caregivers, according to the American Cancer Society.

Each year, more than 5,000 Relay For Life events take place in more than 20 countries.

The event also raises funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers, according to the ACS website.

The Relay For Life of Coweta County hope to raise $150,000 this year, said Duncan.

In addition to the walk, Duncan and local volunteers will host an annual dinner.

The event is usually held right before the relay.

This year, the dinner will be held two weeks before the main event, on April 14 in the Exhibit Hall at the Coweta County Fairgrounds.

The dinner will begin at 6 p.m., Duncan said.

“To me, it is a great time for cancer survivors and caregivers to get together and fellowship,” she said. “We all come together and celebrate life and  celebrate those who are still fighting the disease.”

The dinner includes a special guest speaker, plus music and dancing.

People must register for both the dinner and for the Relay For Life of Coweta County.

For more information or to reserve a spot at the dinner, email or contact the regional Relay For Life office at 706-324-4573.

To register for the 24th annual Relay For Life of Coweta County, visit  www.relayforlife\Cowetaga or their Facebook page at