2012-05-17 / Front Page

Relay For Life Begins Friday

$28,000 goal for 24- hour cancer fundraiser
Lindsay R. Mellott
STAFF WRITER


Fulton County Relay For Life co-chairs Lanette Deneen, left, and Barb Weller place a purple cancer awareness ribbon on parking meters in Mc- Connellsburg. The women invite community residents to display purple lights in their windows Friday and Saturday in support of Relay For Life. Fulton County Relay For Life co-chairs Lanette Deneen, left, and Barb Weller place a purple cancer awareness ribbon on parking meters in Mc- Connellsburg. The women invite community residents to display purple lights in their windows Friday and Saturday in support of Relay For Life. The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) signature fundraiser, Relay For Life, makes its 18th annual return to Fulton County Friday at 4 p.m when 156 walkers representing 12 Relay For Life teams begin taking turns circling the Mc- Connellsburg High School track for 24 hours.

This year, the Fulton County Relay has a $28,000 goal to reach, according to Relay co-chairs Lanette Deneen and Barbara Weller. Last year’s Relay here raised a little more than $24,000.

Relay organizers have scheduled the event’s official opening ceremony for 5 p.m., and it will be followed by a victory lap walked by county cancer survivors. Afterwards, a dinner that is sponsored by the Fulton County Medical Center Angels team will be served to the survivors and their caregivers in McConnellsburg High School.

ACS staffperson Jennifer Kessel said Tuesday that so far 37 cancer survivors have registered to take part.

Friday’s 9 p.m. luminaria ceremony will celebrate the people who have faced cancer firsthand and remembers those who have been lost to the disease.

“When lit, the luminaria represents the light of hope for survivors and cancer patients,” said co-chair Weller. “For those loved ones we have lost, the light represents our remembrance of them.”

Luminarias are available at the event for a donation of $10 until 8:30 p.m., according to Kessel.

Fulton County’s Relay Committee has worked hard to pack the 24-hour Disney-themed Relay with lots of activities, entertain- ment and fun.

“With the schedule we’ve put together,” said committee Chairman Deneen, “everybody is sure to have a ton of fun.”

Scheduled activites include numerous themed laps around the track. From 6 p.m until 8 p.m., clowning around laps sponsored by the Lexi’s Lifesavers team will feature clowns handing out Disney tattoos. At 10 p.m., more themed laps will get under way, including a flashlight lap, midnight poker lap, Sleeping Beauty pajama lap, tangled hair lap, Dumbo lap, Mickey & Minnie couples lap, Madd Hatter lap, race car lap and Relay Spirit lap.

A silent auction that begins Friday at 5 p.m. and runs until 2 p.m. the following day is also planned, and a 10 a.m. Fight Back Ceremony is on the schedule for Saturday as well. Disney movies will be shown Friday night.

Closing ceremonies that include an announcement of the total dollar amount raised will wrap up the event at 4 p.m on Saturday.

Relay For Life supports the ACS’s lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer, the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., as a major health issue.

Money brought in by annual 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 Fulton County’s 2012 Relay For Life either online at relayforlife.org/pafultoncounty or throughout the event Friday and Saturday.

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