Although the Athens-Oconee Relay for Life has been postponed to August or September, fundraising efforts are ongoing. 

“The needs of cancer patients continue, and so will the work of Relay For Life,” according to a press statement. “We stand together even when we’re apart.” 

People can bid on a “dream job for a day” in which the highest bidder will shadow Rep. Marcus Weidower, Rep. Houston Gaines or Oconee County Schools Superintendent Jason Branch.  Bids can be made at

People can also make an online donation by Googling Relay for Life Oconee-Clarke and clicking on the “Make a Donation” button. There, supporters can purchase a luminary in honor or memory of someone impacted by cancer.

In related news, the upcoming In Their Shoes 10K has been postponed until Saturday, May 23 from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The annual In Their Shoes 10K honors and remembers community members, friends and family members diagnosed with cancer, but it also helps raise funds for the services at the Loran Smith Center.

“Our decision is based on CDC guidelines and recommendations to avoid large social gatherings which may increase the risk of transmission of the virus,” said Joel Siebentritt, manager of support services at the Loran Smith Center. “This is especially important for cancer survivors and others who may have weakened immune systems due to illness or treatment.” 

The In Their Shoes 10K is $25 for cancer survivors and $40 for those who pre-register. Race-day registration will also be available on May 23 for $45. All current registrations will be honored for the postponed race date.

The Loran Smith Center at Piedmont Athens Regional offers support groups, educational workshops, individual and group counseling, exercise classes, complementary therapies and a library. It also provides emotional and spiritual support to cancer patients and their families and caregivers.

Funds raised through the In Their Shoes 10K all support these free programs, and since its start in 2006, the event has raised over $1.4 million for the center. For more information, visit

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