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Participants walk in the 2013 Relay for Life at the Whitesville Road track.
Participants walk in the 2013 Relay for Life at the Whitesville Road track.
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The American Cancer Society’s 2014 Relay for Life is set for 7 p.m. April 25, but there are ongoing fundraisers leading up to the event.

Saturday, Grace Baptist Church hosts a Cupcake Wars contest from noon to 4 p.m. Cost to enter is $5 with 24 cupcakes per entry. Cupcakes will be sold for $1 each after being judged. Trophies presented to top entries based on theme, creativity, presentation and taste.

Striffler-Hamby Mortuary is selling T-shirts, wristbands and Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, along with $1 tickets for a chance to win $100. Anyone interested should contact the funeral home at 706-884-8636.

Spirit Night events are set throughout March and April, starting Monday at the Ice Cream Club at 1302 Lafayette Parkway from 5 to 9 p.m. Events continue at Moe’s on Lafayette Parkway from 5 to 9 p.m. on March 20, Jim Bob’s Chicken Fingers at 108 Corporate Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 25, Chick-fil-A on Lafayette Parkway from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 7 and Chick-fil-A locations on Lafayette Parkway and Commerce Avenue from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 17.

Anyone who mentions Relay for Life during Spirit Night events at those locations will have a portion of their sale donated to Relay for Life.

On April 5, Kid City at City Light Church, 501 Fourth Ave. in LaGrange, hosts a spaghetti dinner and original artwork auction from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Call pastor Jonathan McClellan at 706-594-4549 to purchase.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, picnic, dance, play games and take turns circling around a track relay-style to raise funds and fight cancer. The event opens as cancer survivors lead the way around the track and are honored with the Survivor Lap.

As the sun begins to set, hundreds of luminaries light the field in a silent ceremony to honor loved ones who won the fight against cancer or in remembrance of someone who lost their battle. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents hope in that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Started in 1985, Relay For Life began with one man who circled around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. This year, Relay For Life has grown to more than 5,200 communities and more than 25 countries worldwide.

This year’s event begins at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Whitesville Road track, 299 Fort Drive. Teams may register to participate with a $10 fee and raise funds to contribute. To register go to www.relayforlife.org/troupga. For more information can contact Lynn Howard at 706-883-1670 or lhoward@troupco.org, or Karen Smith at 706-594-1659 or chief800801@yahoo.com.

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