Plan now to be part of Relay For Life

Two emotional activities will be part of Jefferson County’s Relay For Life event next month at Charles Town Middle School football field: the Survivors Lap and the Luminaria Ceremony.

On June 22 at 2 p.m., cancer survivors from the Jefferson County area – anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer – are invited to walk the first lap of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life to celebrate their victory over cancer.

At noon, a luncheon will be held in the middle school’s cafeteria to honor each survivor.

This year’s Jefferson County’s Relay For Life event is set for June 22 at Charles Town Middle School.

This year’s Jefferson County’s Relay For Life event is set for June 22 at
Charles Town Middle School.

June 8 is the deadline since a head count is needed for the meal and for the Relay shirts. Each registered cancer survivor gets a free T-shirt to wear while walking the track. Each survivor may also invite a guest to attend the luncheon at no cost. Please call Susie Mechanick at 304-876-9179 to register.

The Relay’s luminaria event begins at about 9:30 p.m. The ceremony recognizes those touched by cancer in Jefferson County. Individuals or companies can make contributions in memory of those who have lost their fight with cancer and in honor of those who have survived. Each loved one will be recognized by a lighted luminaria displayed at the football field. For a $10 donation, a white bag will be used to create a luminaria to honor your loved one touched by cancer. A $20 donation brings a gold-bag luminaria.

If you would like to honor or remember someone with a luminaria to be displayed during the Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony, you can make a donation for a luminaria by logging on to or using the order form that’s appearing in the Spirit each week.

Another option: Attend Relay on the evening of June 22 and make your donation for a luminaria in person before 8 p.m.

For more information on these or any other Relay event, contact me or publicity co-chair Dan Hart at 304-279-4309 or by email at

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