Many individuals who are committed to raising breast cancer awareness
participate in Relay for Life events in their community. But those who are involved in the charity in Lumpkin County, Georgia, do more than just put in the miles - they have expanded their outreach efforts to include annual birthday celebrations for local breast cancer survivors.
Based on the theme of "More Steps, More Hope, More Birthdays," participants gathered together earlier this week to honor breast cancer survivors celebrating a birthday after their diagnosis, according to the Dahlonega Nugget.
The partygoers were treated to delectable dishes provided by local restaurants, and other area businesses donated door prizes and entertainment for the attendees.
"We've all felt the scared, sad and alone feelings that accompany the news [of a cancer diagnosis]," survivor Ryan Scott told the news source. "But thanks to the efforts of the Relay For Life all around the U.S., there have been cures developed. And thanks to the people who continue to function in spite of opposition, hardships or setbacks we all have hope."
Relay for Life, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is estimated to have raised over $3 billion dollars for cancer research thus far.