BRASELTON - An afternoon thundershower delayed but did not stop the 2010 American Cancer Society Hall County Relay for Life in its second year at Road Atlanta Friday evening and a rainbow appeared in the sky after the brief downpour to signal the beginning of the event.
Event Chairman Rose Riddle estimated the opening night crowd at 4,000, with 2,000 participants this year.She said $342,000 of this year's $578,000 goal was reached by Thursday.
"What ever we make is toward the survivors and the research toward cancer," Riddle said.
Over 500 cancer survivors started the 12 hour relay.
"Every year we hope we get more and more survivors," said Survivors Chairman Carol Scott. "We would like to work ourselves out of a job."
Longstreet Clinic oncologist Dr. Ricky LoCicero said the Relay for Life provides continuing financial support for the fight against cancer, with new cures for many different types of cancer every year and new medicines to combat the deadly disease.
"We cure cancer every day," Dr. LoCicero said."We're not through, we've got other cancers we've got to cure."