Today marks the annual Murray County Relay for Life event to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The event is one of more than 5,000 community-based fundraisers which help support the charity, according to the American Cancer Society website.

For the past several years, one of the guiding forces behind the Murray County event has been Yvonne Reed. Haley Campbell, American Cancer Society community development manager, has been the northwest Georgia coordinator for a little more than a year. She said Reed has been the “ringleader” in Murray County.

“She really is kind of our go-to person,” Campbell said. “She is an incredible volunteer. If it wasn’t for her, I would be sunk. Since coming into the manager position, she has made the transition so smooth and easy.”

Throughout the year, Reed organizes several events to raise funds for the organization. In addition to yard sales and raffles, one of the signature happenings of the year is the group’s "Pamper Your Princess" event.

“That is such a wonderful event, and Yvonne organizes so much,” said Murray County Clerk of Superior Court Donna Flood. “I took my little nieces this year, and they have all these beautiful dresses. They get their fingernails done and their hair fixed and crowns and necklaces. They have Disney princesses so the girls can get pictures and it is just a fun event. She is constantly having events year round, and her family has been impacted by cancer, so it is close to her heart.”

Campbell said so far this year the Relay for Life team in Murray County has raised more than $37,000 and should exceed their goal of $51,000 by the time all of the donations are turned in for this year’s event.

For her efforts in supporting the American Cancer Society and her work on the Relay for Life, the Daily Citizen-News names Yvonne Reed as its Citizen of the Week.

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