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Gwinnett Relay For Life aiming for No. 1

Cassie Muenchen, 13, front left, Maggie O’Leary, 13, second from left, and Rachel Godleski, 13, third from left, participate in the purple glove dance at the 2013 Gwinnett County Relay For Life held in May. (File Photo)

Cassie Muenchen, 13, front left, Maggie O’Leary, 13, second from left, and Rachel Godleski, 13, third from left, participate in the purple glove dance at the 2013 Gwinnett County Relay For Life held in May. (File Photo)

DULUTH — Last year was the first time in more than a decade that Gwinnett County’s Relay For Life team finished in second place worldwide when its West Coast rivals in Bakersfield, Cali. took the top spot.

But this year, organizers feel confident they have a chance to boost back up to No. 1. They are asking for additional donations through Aug. 20.

Gwinnett is currently at $1,864,840. Its goal is $2 million.

“Bakersfield’s website states they have raised $1,766,851,” Senior Income Manager Linda Cerjan said. “However, we are not sure if all of their donations have been posted to the website or what final push their community might have up their sleeve.”

Those who would like to donate can visit www.gwinnettrelayforlife.org, click on the “Donate Now” button, and then click on donate to this event.

If writing a check is your preference, make the check payable to the American Cancer Society and mail it to The American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 260, Duluth, Georgia 30097.

On Aug. 22, Relay For Life is hosting its last 2013 celebration at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds before the new donation season begins.

“We are hoping at that time to make the official announcement that we have regained the title,” said a press release. “This event will be a celebration of our community’s commitment and dedication to eliminating cancer.”

From 6 to 8 p.m., corporate sponsors, Relay team members, survivors and caregivers will gather for the announcement. Recognition of top fundraising teams and individuals will also take place. The winners of the final push online challenge will also be announced and prizes awarded.