2010-02-25 / Local & State

Relay For Life Kickoff Held Sunday

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS By Carol Singel

The Fulton County Relay for Life Kickoff was held on Sunday February 21, at the American Legion in McConnellsburg. There were more than 40 people present, with five returning teams represented and one new team. Over half of the people who attended were cancer survivors and caregivers.

Survivors are the heart of Relay. The American Cancer Society defines a survivor as anyone that has ever heard the words, “you have cancer,” regardless of their stage of diagnosis or treatment.

Caregivers are the support that brings light and hope to survivors. The American Cancer Society defines a caregiver as anyone who is currently or has previously provided emotional or physical support to a cancer survivor. This year’s Relay goal is to have at least 35 survivors and 35 caregivers at the Relay dinner. Survivors and caregivers were ask to fill out registration forms so they would not be missed on the invitation list for events. If you know of anyone that would like to be added, please contact Michelle Seburn at 485-1060, Carol Singel at 485-9142, or Connie or Erin from the American Cancer Society at 264-9266.

The kickoff was started with a welcome from this year’s cochairs, Michelle Seburn and Carol Singel. The theme for this year’s Relay is “Aloha Cancer,” with a goal of $49,000. Relay will be held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds on May 21 starting at 4 p.m. with survivor registration, survivor lap, opening ceremony at 5 p.m. and dinner being served at 6 p.m.

Buddy Hart, a Voice of Hope Speaker for the American Cancer Society, was first to speak. He is a Relayer and survivor from the Relay For Life of York. The second speaker was Kathy Kendall of Harrisonville, who told her story of the strength and willpower that it takes to get through the treatments and be a survivor. She also spoke about two McConnellsburg students, Liberty Crouse and Justin Hudson, their determination, the importance of prayer and how powerful it is. The third speaker was cancer survivor Jim Hawbaker of McConnellsbug.

A mini luminaria ceremony was held. Luminaria forms are available “In Honor” and “In Memory” of love ones. Each team or team member will now receive credit for luminarias collected. Forms must be turned into the ACS office by May 14 to insure proper team or individual credits.

Luminaria purchases can still be accepted the week of and the day of Relay, but those proceeds will go to the general event fund.

Daffodil Days are coming soon. Flowers will be delivered from March 15 to 21.

The next committee meeting will be March 8 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Mc- Connellsburg. Everyone is encouraged to come and join in the planning of this year’s Relay event.

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