2010-05-20 / Local & State

Relay For Life Teams Ready To Walk

Cancer fundraiser May 21, 22 at fairgrounds
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

The American Cancer Society

ACS) brings its fight against cancer to the fairgrounds in Mc- Connellsburg this Friday and Saturday at Fulton County’s 16th annual Relay For Life.

Relay For Life is the Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser and supports the society’s lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue. The 24-hour Relay event held here kicks off at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies and a lap walked round the Relay track by an anticipated 30 to 40 Fulton County cancer survivors.

Erin Geiser, ACS staffperson for the Fulton County Relay, says Relay organizers hope that the 10 teams taking part in this year’s Relay will raise $49,000. Last year’s Relay in Fulton County brought in $42,500 for the ACS, Geiser said.

The money raised at Relay For Life events across the nation allows the ACS to continue funding cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts and patient services.

Donations can still be made to Relay For Life up to and through the event on Friday and Saturday.

Following the opening ceremonies, cancer survivors and Relay team members will enjoy a meal sponsored and served by Fulton County Medical Center and entertainment by the Country Christians and the Country Cousins.

The 9 p.m. luminaria ceremony Friday honors the people who have faced cancer firsthand and remembers those who have been lost to cancer. Luminarias can be purchased for a suggested donation of $10 each at the fairgrounds Friday until 8 p.m.

Other activities scheduled for the Relay include a healtlhy snack lap sponsored by Tri-State Health, which will take blood pressures and offer healthy snacks at 7 a.m. Saturday; a Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday; a silent auction at 1 p.m. Saturday; and raffles.

Geiser said anouncement of the total dollars raised is slated to be made at 3:30 p.m., a half-hour before the Relay’s final lap is walked at 4 p.m. She said attending the Relay this weekend is a good way to remember those lost to cancer and to celebrate those who have survived.

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