Relay for Life (copy)

Cancer survivors line up for the survivor lap during the 2016 Relay for Life. This year’s event is scheduled for April 21.

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Lately, Ebonie Cohens has had a massive to-do list.

The community manager for Relay For Life for the local branch of the American Cancer Society has been checking off tasks like organizing tent sites and arranging fundraisers.

It is all worth the work though as 2017’s Relay for Life starts to take shape. Teams are coming together and dollars are already being raised for the event, set for April 21 at the Brunswick Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

But first teams — 50 of which are registered currently — must generate dollars for the cause.

“We are asking teams to do fundraisers. On Saturday, we’re having our lip sync battle at 5 p.m. at Ziggy’s. It is family-friendly and the kids can come out,” Cohens said. “The battle itself is just between the teams but it will be fun to watch.”

In addition to helping the teams create fundraisers, she is also generating ideas for this year’s superhero theme.

“‘We Can be Heroes’ is our theme and we’re just helping teams figure out what they’re going to be doing the night of Relay. We are trying to think outside of the box and we have some things for kids to do,” she said.

We are working on the agenda too. We are also having a survivors’ dinner Tuesday so we are working on that.”

The organization is still signing up teams, too. Cohens said it is never too late to start fundraising.

“Teams can certainly still sign up. Those that are interested can visit our website: You just hit the button that says ‘start a team’ and that’s how they get started,” she said.

“They can also just call me if someone doesn’t have access to the internet. That number is 764-7410.”

Each dollar raised will go directly toward the fight to end cancer. And Cohens said that is what makes the local event so special.

“So many families are affected. Most people have a family member or friend affected by cancer. The more money we raise goes to research for a cure,” she said.

“It also goes to programs like our ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ wig program, where we give out free wigs to people in chemo. We also help pay for lodging so people can stay for free when they are going to doctor’s appointments. We have several different projects but it all benefits the community and goes toward helping us find a cure.”