Lilburn Living - April 2018 - page 1

Lilburn Living
Covering Lilburn, Mountain Park & Snellville
Volume 28, No. 4 •
APRIL 2018
April 22nd
Relay For Life Celebrates
Life in Lilburn City Park
I am a survivor of major cancer and nothing warms
my heart more than the joy of the American Cancer
Society’s Relay For Life events. Each spring, thousands
of survivors, caregivers and supporters gather to honor
past and present cancer patients in innumerable fund
raising extravaganzas. The highly successful Lilburn
Relay For Life returns to Lilburn City Park in April.
The Lilburn Woman’s Club has been a major sponsor
of the Relay since 2005. It began under the early leadership
of Pat Swan and Gail Zarnik and has grown larger every
year since. It is now held each spring in Lilburn City Park.
Unlike most of the Relays For Life that I have attend-
ed as an 18 year survivor of esophageal cancer, the one
in Lilburn is a one day event rather than two days. On
Friday evening, marchers circle the tack before the “grand
march” of cancer survivors between rows of luminary
bags honoring cancer patients. People along the sidelines
applaud and cheer the survivors and, from personal expe-
rience, it is very encouraging and emotionally moving for
all the survivors who march. There is also a reception and
dinner for survivors and their caregivers which requires
prior registration by contacting
It is a joyous celebration for all the marching fund raising
groups as well as the survivors and caregivers.
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Gwinnett Stripers Debut as
Triple-A Braves Farm Team
Logo has local angle, inspired by striped bass at Lake
Lanier, for Atlanta’s top-tier minor league club.
Baseball begins in April and with it a new Triple-
A minor league team for the Atlanta Braves. The old
Gwinnett Braves name caused some market confu-
sion and the team wanted to be more original with a
nickname uniquely indigenous to the North Georgia
area. The process was at first a bit of a bumpy ride
as a shortlist emerged with no proposed team names
quite fitting the bill. Adjustments were made late last
year, when a new nickname surfaced: the Gwinnett
They’ll play at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville like
the old G-Braves, but with a New Look. Gwinnett Strip-
ers is an homage to the striped bass abounding at nearby
Lake Lanier. “We wanted a local tie-in, completely ours,”
said North Johnson, the team’s general manager. “We
did research and found out Lake Lanier is one of the
best striped bass places in the world.” The nickname is
unique. “There’s not another sports team named Stripers
we’ve been able to find,” Johnson said.
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