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Hundreds show up for Relay cookout

Amy Bray, left, Robert Thomas, center and Matt Reeves, right, prepare hamburgers and hot dogs as Andersen, Tate & Carr hold their Annual Kickin' Cancer Cookout for Relay for Life at their offices in Duluth on Thursday.

Amy Bray, left, Robert Thomas, center and Matt Reeves, right, prepare hamburgers and hot dogs as Andersen, Tate & Carr hold their Annual Kickin' Cancer Cookout for Relay for Life at their offices in Duluth on Thursday.

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Andi Stroud, left, of Atlanta, and Karen Tucker, right, of John's Creek select their lunches as Andersen, Tate & Carr hold their Annual Kickin' Cancer Cookout for Relay for Life at their offices in Duluth on Thursday.

DULUTH -- Tom Tate can flip burgers with the best of them.

He's a grill master with nearly two decades of experience cooking hot lunch over an open flame at Andersen, Tate & Carr's Annual Kickin' Cancer Cookout for Relay for Life.

Tate said the gathering is a culmination of "a lot of hard work from the firm as well as the whole community pitching in."

Hundreds showed up for what many called a community tradition, which raises funds for the Gwinnett County Relay for Life.

A $10 donation bought a hamburger or two hot dogs, chips and a drink.

"It's all for a good cause," said Attorney Liz Clack-Freeman. It was her 12th year volunteering at the cookout. "It's nice to see a lot of friendly faces every year."

Fellow Attorney Tom Andersen said the cookout is "a huge morale booster" and a "great way to generate donations for Relay."

Tate said he'll keep flipping burgers for decades to come, as long as it continues raising money for the American Cancer Society.

According to its website, Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society to "make progress toward a future without cancer."

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a "life-changing event that helps our community celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease."