Relay for Life to host open house March 10

By Jennifer Woods -

On Tuesday, March 10 an open house for the Fayette County Relay for Life will be held and all are welcome to attend.

The open house will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Prime Meats & Deli, 240 W. East St. in Washington Court House. Those attending the open house are asked to use the side entrance. Light refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers will be present to discuss the program, answer questions and assist those interested in starting a team for the main event, which will be June 6 from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Washington High School track near the high school, 400 S. Elm St.

The Relay for Life is the number one fundraiser for the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research. according to Beth Blair, the Relay for Life chairperson.

The type of information that will be available includes topics on registration, team captains, American Cancer Society, luminaries, Survivor Reception and why people “Relay.”

It will be possible to register for the Relay and purchase luminaries during the open house. Also during the event, there will be a vote for this year’s Relay for Life theme.

“This will be the 22nd year for the Fayette County Relay for Life,” wrote Blair in an email. “Participation in this event has declined over the past several years. A lot of this is due to the original supporters getting older. I would love to see more participation from our youth. I would love for our church community to get more involved and actually have a team represent at the event.”

Teams that have registered so far include: Adena Cancer Crushers, McKesson, Kroger 822, Washington Court House City Schools, Prime Meats & Deli, Fayette County Memorial Hospital, and YUSA Corporation. According to Blair, she would like to see other industries get involved.

“I am passionate about this event, because I am a cancer survivor and I have lost several close members of my family to cancer,” explained Blair. “I would love for my children and grandchildren to never have to face this ugly disease in their lifetimes. That is why I am involved. That is why this matters.”

“It is very important for the community to support this event. Cancer touches all of our lives in one manner or another,” she wrote. “This event is a way to celebrate the survivors of cancer and their caregivers, some who are currently in treatment.”

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By Jennifer Woods