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Relay for Life is April 29

Barnesville mayor pro tem Anne Claxton will open this year’s Relay for Life at Summers Field on April 29. She suffered esophageal and stomach cancer almost seven years ago and has since resumed her normal, active lifestyle which includes family, work and public service. ’Thanks to cancer research and new treatments, I am here today,’ she said. Relay for Life helps raise these research funds. Her 6 p.m. remarks will be followed by an invocation, Presentation of the Colors by the Barnesville Police Department and the National Anthem, sung by survivor Mackenzie Dyer. The Survivor Lap will start about 6:15 p.m. and is expected to be greater in numbers this year, said Survivor coordinator Sherry Farr. Last week Debbie Adamson of DB’s Pizzeria served pasta, salad, dessert and drinks to 43 at the annual survivor/caregiver dinner. Each survivor and caregiver received Relay tee shirts, pins and other gifts. At 7 p.m. Kim Ozier School of Dance will perform, followed by soloist Belinda Penamon, Barnesville PD community relations officer and SRO at the middle school. Club Fitness presents Zumba at 8 p.m., and the Bethel Baptist Youth Group is set for a presentation at 8:30 p.m. The Luminaria Ceremony will be at 9 p.m., followed by a silent lap. For more information or to volunteer at RFL, call Sharon Greer at 770-872-1043 or Ruth Hice at 770-468-1180.

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