The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 11, 2013

Relay event honors cancer survivors

BECKLEY — The American Cancer Society will continue the battle for more birthdays at the annual Relay for Life event Friday at the Crossroads Mall from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Community manager Beth Cummings said they increased the number of Relay teams this year to 50 and have raised $60,000 so far.

“We have a goal of $110,000. We’ve got a little ways to go, but I feel confident we will meet that goal.”

The opening ceremony for Relay for Life will kick off at 6 p.m. and the survivor and caregiver ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.

“The opening ceremony is held and cancer survivors are invited to take the first lap around the track. The second lap is dedicated to caregivers.”

She said later that evening when it gets dark, the luminaria ceremony is held.

“We light bags in honor of, or in memory, of someone who has been affected by cancer. It’s a beautiful ceremony.”

She said the event is a great way to honor those we’ve lost and empower those who have won the fight against cancer.

The Chick-fil-A Party Zone will be hosted from 6 to 9 p.m. and a dance-off will be held after the luminaria ceremony.

At 7 p.m., “Pantene Beautiful Lengths” will be accepting donated hair, at least 8 inches long.

Also at 7 p.m., a frozen T-shirt contest will be available for two-person teams, where you have to try to burst open a frozen T-shirt.

Clown cars, Zumba sessions, team challenges, a wing eating contest, bingo, games, and much more are on the itinerary for the rest of the night.

Motion Theatre will perform on the main stage at 1 a.m. and movies will follow.

The event will wrap up at 5:30 a.m. with a fight back ceremony.

Cummings wanted to extend a special thank you to their biggest sponsor this year, Raleigh General Hospital.

“They’ve done a lot to help us this year.”

Other sponsors include Appalachian Regional Hospital, AccessHealth, Dermatology Associates, City National Bank, Grose Spine & Wellness Center, Ideal, Jan-Care, Nancy’s Attic, Raleigh Regional Cancer Center, United Bank, Chick-fil-A, Crossroads Chevrolet, Crossroads Mall, Holiday Inn, J104.5, Party King, Pepsi, The Register-Herald, Walmart, 99.5 WJLS, 59News, WVVA-TV, YMCA and 105.9 WTNJ.

For more information, visit the American Cancer Society office, located at 921 W. Neville St. on the corner of Harper Road and Neville Street.

The American Cancer Society reports that nearly 14 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday in 2013, which is more than 450 people celebrating a birthday who otherwise would have been lost to the disease.

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