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Friday's Relay for Life hoping to top $20M to fight cancer

LAWRENCEVILLE - Celebrate, remember and fight back.

On Friday night, thousands of people will gather at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds for what is sure to be a good time for a great cause.

The 15th annual Gwinnett County American Cancer Society Relay for Life has been described as a "tailgate party with a purpose." Opening ceremonies kick off at 6:45 p.m. and will last throughout the night, with closing ceremonies scheduled for 6:45 a.m. Saturday.

Gwinnett County boasts the largest Relay event in the world. This year, the event is expected to surpass the $20 million mark in money raised for the fight against cancer.

Registration and check-in for cancer survivors and their care givers participating in the Survivor's Walk will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a survivor reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Events are scheduled as follows:

· Survivor lap at 7 p.m.

· Kid's Walk activities at 8:30 p.m. with the walk beginning at 9 p.m.

· Mini-concert featuring Rachel Farley, a local country musician, at 9 p.m.

· Luminaria Ceremony honoring those affected by cancer at 10 p.m.

· Car raffle drawing at midnight

· Closing ceremonies at 6:45 a.m.

"Relay For Life ... is truly a celebration with a festive atmosphere amid the color and creative campsite decorations of each team," said Linda Story of the Gwinnett ACS chapter. "There is something for everyone to enjoy while making a difference in the lives of others!"

For more information on Relay, call the Gwinnett ACS office at 770-814-0123 or visit www.gwinnettrelayforlife.org.