“For years, Georgia Power has participated in relays across the state, including Lowndes County. The support provided by them has contributed significantly to ongoing research in the neverending battle to find a cure for cancer.”

Lauren Sandbach — Community Manager for the American Cancer Society, Valdosta, Ga.

With a goal to strengthen health and human services throughout the state, Georgia Power and our employees have taken on the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life as the major initiative to help eliminate and prevent cancer. The events help bring communities together to remember loved ones who died of cancer, honor survivors and raise money to help make a global impact on cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in three women and one in two men in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. With more than 1.6 million diagnosed with some form of cancer annually, the disease is the second most common cause of death in the country.

“Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society,” said Lecia Hauer, community manager for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in the South Atlantic Division. “The relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries who give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.”

The annual, 24-hour statewide relay events include teams of runners and walkers taking turns walking on a track. Members of Georgia Power’s employee volunteer organization – Citizens of Georgia Power – are asked annually to participate in these relays in their communities.

In 2016, nearly 3,700 relays were held across the country with 141 held in Georgia, alone. The events raised $12 million in Georgia and $261 million nationwide. In Lowndes County in Valdosta, typically 70 to 100 teams, including a Citizens of Georgia Power team, participate in the relay there each year.

“Georgia Power is one of the best fundraising teams we have for Relay for Life. The company and its employees are always dependable, and come back and stay motivated every year,” said Lauren Sandbach, American Cancer Society’s community manager. “I’m very thankful to have Georgia Power involved each year.”