MOULTRIE -- Some people are fighters.

Holly Faison of Moultrie definitely ranks among them -- she has successfully battled two cancers.

She shared her story of triumph at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life official kickoff dinner Thursday night at the Spence Field Community Center.

"I made a promise to myself to share my story if the opportunity ever came," she said at the dinner.

Teams from local organizations, churches and schools attended the dinner to get paperwork for the relay May 3 and 4.

"Relay for Life is as much an awareness-raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fund-raiser," said Gina McDonald, chairperson of this year's event for Moultrie and Colquitt County.

"Many of the participants will be the people who are cancer survivors themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made not only in the cancer cure rates, but in the quality of life following cancer treatment," she said.

A member from each team will circle the track at Knuck McCrary Park from 6 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

"We would like to see as many community teams as possible relay through the night to raise money for this important cause," said Nicole Gilbert, team recruitment chairperson

Jana Wiggins, marketing chairperson for the ACS, said this year's goal is $100,000.

"(The relay) is a touching experience. It makes you realize just how many people are affected by cancer," said Regina Giles, a member of the Temple Baptist team.

Giles lost her mother to ovarian cancer in December of 2001.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Jana Wiggins at 985-2131.



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