As Relay for Life nears, still time to get involved

CHARLES TOWN – With a little more than six weeks to go before Jefferson County’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser, organizers say there’s still time to get involved in the fight to find a cancer cure.

[cleeng_content id="107549762" description="Read it now!" price="0.15" t="article"]“We still need volunteers to serve on committees,” said Linda Hart, the co-organizer of this year’s American Cancer Society event, which happens next month at Charles Town Middle School. “Anyone can register as an individual or put together a team to raise money.”

Hart said those interested should attend the next Relay planning event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Charles Town Presbyterian Church at 220 E. Washington St. “That would be a great opportunity to find out more about Relay,” she said.

All across the nation, family-friendly Relay events allow activists to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Teams camp out around a track, with team members taking turns looping the course amid a bevy of games, music, food stands and other fun.

Kristina Brown and other volunteers with the American Cancer Society’s Jefferson County Relay for Life fundraiser accept donations along Mildred Street in Ranson Saturday.

Kristina Brown and other volunteers with the American Cancer Society’s Jefferson County Relay for Life fundraiser accept donations along Mildred Street in Ranson Saturday.

Relay for Life dates to the mid-1980s when a Tacoma, Wash., physician decided to make his way around a track for 24 hours straight – an effort that generated some $27,000 in donations to ACS.

The following year, friends joined in and in the years since, Relay events have brought in more than $4 billion.

The Jefferson County Relay for Life is set for June 22 at the school at 193 High St. in Charles Town.

Matt Kropf, the event’s 2013 honorary chairman, will formally kick off the walk by leading the Survivors Lap. He and other cancer survivors at the event will come forward to take the first lap around the track as other participants cheer them on.

That evening at dusk, the Relay’s Luminaria Ceremony offers anyone the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have died of cancer and to lend support to those battling cancer now.

Then at 6 a.m. on June 23, the event will wrap up with a closing ceremony in which participants remember the lives lost to cancer and make a public vow to continue the fight against the disease.

Hart said anyone interested in contributing donations or taking part in the effort in other ways can find out more online at relayforlife.org/jeffersonwv.[/cleeng_content]

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