In April of 2012, the West Region, Macon, Georgia, participated in Relay for Life in Jones County. The West region has particpated in this event for 4 years. This year the region raised over $700. They also sold hot wings and pork skins with the proceeds being donated to Relay for Life.
Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt wanted to enhance the income of a local American Cancer Society Office and show support to his own patients suffering with cancer. He decided to personally raise the money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running. Dr, Klatt ran for 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran more than 83 miles. Throughout that night, his friends and family donated $25 to run with him for 30 minutes at a time and he was able to raise over $27,000 to fight cancer! Today, Counties all over the US run and walk to raise money to fight cancer.
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.