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Relay For Life Begins Friday

June 13, 2012
Wetzel Chronicle

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Wetzel County will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through 6 a.m. Saturday morning on the Magnolia High School track in New Martinsville.

With the theme of "Red, White, and Blue. . . Dreams Will Come True!", the patriotic decor and accouterments are sure to be abundant at the event. The local committee, chaired by Betty Klug and co-chaired by Cindy Moore, has a goal of raising $105,000 through the event. Astoundingly, over $90,000 has already been raised.

Much of that money already raised is thanks to the schools in Wetzel County. Hundred High School, Long Drain School, Magnolia High School, New Martinsville School, Paden City Elementary School, Paden City High School, Short Line School, and Valley High School all participated in Relay this year.

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The committee for this year’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Wetzel County is excited for the annual event to begin Friday evening on the Magnolia High School track in New Martinsville.

In addition, teams have been working all year long by staging various events and fund raisers to help collect money to find a cure for cancer and support those who are battling the disease.

The fund raising doesn't stop when the relay begins. Many groups continue their fund raising at the event by selling items and food, conducting games, and taking donations. There are also organized fund raisers such as the cake walk, purse auction, and Mr. Relay contest. So don't forget to bring your wallet when you come to Relay.

The relay's website says 743 participants on 38 teams are already registered, but of course more participants are welcome the night of the event.

Fact Box

Relay Schedule
4-6 p.m.Set up and registration
6 p.m.Survivor reception
6:30 p.m.Opening ceremony speaker
Dr. Krishna Basaradodu
6:45 p.m.first lap, survivors;
second lap, caregivers;
third lap, everyone
7-8 p.m.Ebert Brothers Band
8-8:30 p.m.Purse auction
8:30 p.m.Introduce Mr. Relay
(Carman Harman)
8:30-9:30 p.m.The Good Old Boys
9:30-9:50 p.m.Luminaria Ceremony
9:50-10 p.m.Crown Mr. Relay
10-11 p.m.Days Later
11 p.m.-midnight100 Miles From Nowhere
Midnight-1 a.m.Relay Idol
1-2 a.m.Rocking Band
2-2:15 a.m.Pajama Lap
2:15-2:30 a.m.Road to Recovery Wheelchair
Race and Crazy Hat Parade
2:30-3 a.m.Zumba lap, congo line lap
3-4 a.m.Karaoke with
Carman Harman
4-4:15 a.m.Fight Back ceremony
4:15-5 a.m.Awards to campsites, most
money raised, most spirit,
best campsite, etc.
Announcements and sunrise
5-6 a.m.Clean up by everyone and
breakfast by Quinet’s

While the event offers fun and community interaction, it is also a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. That serious side of Relay begins with the survivors reception, survivors lap, care givers lap, and culminates in the moving luminaria ceremony. For more information about the American Cancer Society or Relay For Life, call 1-800-227-2345, or visit



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