Annual Relay for Life event to begin at University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus on May 15

Annual Relay for Life event to begin at University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus on May 15

The Annual Relay for Life event will begin at 7 pm on May 15 at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus. As per tradition, the Survivor Walk kicks off the night's festivities.

Celebrating, remembering and fighting back are the cornerstones of Relay for Life. Therefore, the event will celebrate cancer survivors while also remembering cancer victims.

Those who have successfully beaten cancer and those who are battling with the disease are encouraged to walk the victory lap. There will be supporters to celebrate their fight.

Rena Pendley, community manager with Relay for Life, said, "We invite anybody in the community that is a survivor to come out and let us celebrate with them. The American Cancer Society considers a survivor, if you have been diagnosed for one hour, you are a survivor because you are in that fight".

Pendley mentioned the relay so that every survivor can have another birthday. There is Luminaria Ceremony later in the evening. Luminaria bags and torches can be purchased in honor of a loved one currently fighting cancer, or in memory of someone.

Pendley added that if anyone has never been to a Relay for Life and experienced a Survivor Walk or a Luminaria Ceremony, they are invited to come out and experience it. The event is very touching very healing for a lot of survivors and for a lot of families.

Along with these traditional events, there will be tons of games and activities for community members to enjoy. Pendley mentioned that there's going to be a lot of food and family fun that night.

Relay officials hope to raise $260,000 at this year's event. They have collected around $184,000 as of Friday they've collected.