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More birthdays: It's the reason we Relay
Relay for Life/track
Relay for Life participants make their way around the luminary-lined track. The annual event was held April 27 at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds.

Local residents gathered for a singular purpose on April 27 — more birthdays.

The annual Relay for Life in Bulloch County kicked off at 5 p.m. at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds, and organizers called this year's event a "huge success."

Survivors gathered with loved ones who remember those who fought brave battles, along with others who just want to fight cancer. The annual event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and it brings the fight home each year. During the event, teams  and individuals take turns walking around a track or designated path. 

The event also features games and activities, food, music and more. This year's event featured a survivor cookout, opening ceremony, survivor/caregiver walk, and luminaria ceremony.

Money is still being collected for the cause, and can be sent to the Savannah office at 4849 Paulsen Street, Suite 102. For more information, call (912) 355-5196, or see the Facebook page for Relay for Life-Bulloch/GSU. You can also e-mail bailey.semkuley@cancer.org.

Relay for Life/prayer
While walking with fellow members of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Mary Brown takes a moment to pray during the benediction to kick off the 2018 Relay for Life.
Relay for Life/torches
While participants flood the track in the background, eight-year cancer survivor Marie T. Groover of Nevils, stands among memorial torches and scans the names of local residents who have lost their lives to cancer.
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