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By Erin Hill

Thousands came out to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Gadsden on Friday, April 21 in Quincy.
Many survivors wore purple Relay for Life shirts and white and purple sashes.
“I just want to thank God for being in the number one more time,” said Lizzie Mae Figgers, a 23-year cancer survivor.
Figgers has been attending the event since it began.
“I enjoy the walk, I enjoy the event, and I enjoy walking with my friend Pauline Hickman.
Hickman is also a cancer survivor.  She said she was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2002.
Helen Robins, another survivor, said the Relay was great.  She said she did three laps this year because she recently had a knee
replacement.  
Robins was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and has been cancer-free for 3 years.  This was her second year attending Relay for Life.
Cancer survivors weren’t the only ones walking.  Many were there to represent loved ones who have cancer, or who lost their battle with cancer.
Sisters Alacia Murphy and Ayanna Larkins wore T-shirts in memory of their grandmother, who was affectionately known as “Ms.
Jackie.”
At the peak of the event, there were about 3,000 people at the track, said Kristie Teal, community manager for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  She said they have raised about $50,000 so far, but teams continue to fundraise.  
They can collect money for this year’s Relay through
Aug. 31.
“The American Cancer Society is so grateful for the tremendous community support and are sincerely thankful for the volunteer committee that works hard to make this event happen each year,” Teal said.  “We want to give special thanks to the city of Quincy that allows us to use their facilities, offers the support of their staff before, during and after the Relay for Life of Gadsden event and continually has a team that raises significant funds for the event.”

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