Relay for Life
What: Fundraiser to fight cancer
When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 15-16
Where: University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Donate: Go to www.relayforlife.org/hallga to purchase luminaries in memory of those lost to cancer or to make general donations.
The organization that moves to end cancer is now making a move of its own.
This year’s Relay For Life walk will be on the track at The University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus in Oakwood rather than at Road Atlanta as it has for the past six years.
The annual event, which raises funds and awareness for cancer, will be 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 15-16.
“Road Atlanta was a great venue, a huge venue that we won’t ever outgrow, but we’ve decided that it’s time to come home to the University of North Georgia,” said Gail Schneider, Hall County Relay For Life co-chairwoman.
“Our first relay that we ever had was in Oakwood at the UNG campus in 1994. This allows us to come back into Gainesville and have our relay at the track just like we did on high school tracks.”
North Georgia was approached by the American Cancer Society in December about holding the relay but the contract was just finalized two weeks ago, according to Edie Rogers, University of North Georgia news and communication manager.
The new location will allow for more parking and possibly give Relay For Life a bigger spotlight.
“It brings us back to Gainesville and gives us a very visible location in the Gainesville area. (The university) is a great partner and we’ve partnered with North Georgia in other relays. We want to get more teams involved to join us,” said Schneider.
UNG is looking forward to once again hosting the event.
“We are excited to welcome Relay For Life to the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus and welcome this opportunity to support the Hall county community,” said Rogers.
Not only will the relay be more visible, but the organization’s effort to raise awareness will be evident all over Gainesville as volunteers decorate the town the color that represents all types of cancer.
“We’ll be painting North Georgia purple again this year for the month of April. We’re going to have purple ribbons and purple fountains and the hospital is going to turn purple,” Schneider said.
When asked about the permanence of the race at UNG, Schneider said she isn’t sure what the future will hold.
“We’ve had relays at many of the high schools, it just depends,” she said. “I can’t say we’re going to be anywhere permanently, but we’re very happy to be at University of North Georgia and we were very happy for what Road Atlanta did for us the past six years; they were a great host.”
There are many ways to get involved with Relay For Life, such as starting or joining a team.
There is no fee to participate, but each team member is encouraged to raise $100 that will go toward finding a cure.
“Our goal is to eventually find a cure to all cancers,” said Schneider. “‘At Relay, we celebrate our survivors and we remember those that we’ve lost to cancer. We want to fight back to cancer.”
You can go online at www.relayforlife.org/hallga to purchase luminaries in memory of those lost to cancer or to make donations.