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Relay for Life: Cancer fight returns to Johns Creek for 5th year

by Hatcher Hurd

April 24, 2013

Cancer survivors lead off the fifth annual Johns Creek Relay for Life at Taylor Road Middle School. HATCHER HURD.
Emory Johns Creek Hospital Community Relations Director Bev Miller and American Cancer Society of Georgia Vice President Randy Redner enjoy a moment at the beginning of Relay for Life.HATCHER HURD.
One-year cancer survivor Chriss Kolls of Johns Creek is ready to rumble at the Relay.HATCHER HURD.
These Mustang Sallies from Medlock Bridge Elementary are ready to rope cancer. From left are Cara Vollberg, Megan Creel, Paula Bell, Barbie Simmons, Rachel Jackson and Sharon Bradford.HATCHER HURD.
Kayla Pickell, 7, goes to Ocee Elementary. She came with her doll Baby GaGa, but quickly picked up a puppy doll as well.HATCHER HURD.
One thing there was plenty of — food!HATCHER HURD.
If the Rawlinson twins, Riley and Olivia, have anything to say, it was that the hotdogs are great.HATCHER HURD.
Zoey Clarke is all smiles after singing the national anthem. She has sung at all five Johns Creek Relay for Life events.HATCHER HURD.
Ray Batson, in the purple shirt, is a 23-year cancer survivor from Suwanee. The retired Baptist minister is now a volunteer chaplain at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.HATCHER HURD.
It took some time for the Taylor Road Middle School orchestra to quit fiddling around, but then they played beautifully.HATCHER HURD.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. The best way to fight cancer is to celebrate life. The next best way to beat cancer is to raise the money for the research that will conquer it. Relay for Life combines both, raising millions and celebrating the survivors of cancer.

At the April 26 Johns Creek Relay for Life, hundreds of families, students and volunteers came together at Taylor Road Middle School mercifully indoors in the gym due to the rain and cold for food, games and a good time walking for the cure.

Randy Redner, American Cancer Society vice president for Georgia, said he expected to raise $1.5 million that night in events across the state.

"Georgia will raise $160 million for cancer research this year," Redner said.