“I volunteer for Relay for Life because cancer is something that has affected the lives of everyone I know. I have personally lost family members, classmates and friends to cancer. I have friends who have lost their children to this disease.”

Crystal Godfrey — Energy Efficiency Education Coordinator, Georgia Power, Valdosta, Ga.

Participating in the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life in Lowndes County is very personal for Crystal Godfrey. Through her Citizens of Georgia Power (CGP) chapter, she has served as team captain, recruited members, set team goals and organized fundraisers for the 24-hour event to help raise funds in support of ACS initiatives.

For the past four years, Crystal has voluntarily coordinated different fundraisers to help raise money for the annual Lowndes County Relay for Life. Tennis tournaments, barbecues fundraisers and a golf tournament are among the events hosted by the employees in Valdosta to raise funds for ACS.

“Volunteering for this organization helps to raise money for the research that can help find a cure for cancer, and knowing that makes volunteering a priority for me,” said Crystal, who has been a member of the Georgia Power family for over five years.

The Valdosta team is just one of the CGP chapters that have participated in 38 relay events statewide and raised over $200,000 in 2016, alone.

According to Chris D’Andrea, Georgia Power’s manager of volunteer services, Relay for Life is one event that all chapters of Citizens of Georgia Power are asked annually to support, and that annual support has totaled more than $1M in the last five years.

“We’ve got a good, active team in Valdosta,” said Crystal. “The event was a lot of fun and an opportunity for all of us to have a good time, reflect on all of our hard work, and celebrate cancer survivors, including those on our own team.”

About 70 employees and their family members and friends participated in the 2016 Lowndes County Relay for Life and that number has continued to grow for the last several years.