Lee Powell of Powell’s Foodfair presents a check for $2,248.10 to Courtney Midkiff, representing Meigs County Relay for Life. The donation is a portion of the sales from the annual Cancer Day event held at Powell’s.
POMEROY — The annual Meigs County Relay for Life will be held June 7 and 8 at the Meigs County Fairgrounds.
This year’s theme will be “Over the Rainbow.”
Courtney Midkiff, Meigs County Relay for Life Chairperson, stated that the theme will allow for the focus on all cancers, not just a specific one, as each cancer is usually represented by a different color ribbon.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. on June 7, and end at noon on June 8. Activities will be held in the Thompson Roush Building at the Meigs County Fairgrounds.
Relay For Life is the signature event for The American Cancer Society and it is a community-based event that serves to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.
Relay For Life involves teams of walkers/runners and other participants from all across the community and has something for everyone who has been touched by cancer.
Survivors will be honored at the event with the survivor reception at 6:30 p.m. Survivors may register from 4-5:45 p.m. at the event. The reception is coordinated and served by the Sonshine Circle.
The luminary service will begin at 7:30 p.m., with more than 50 year cancer survivor June VanVranken as the speaker. Diana Carsey Kinder, Ute Looney, and Brenda Phalin will also be participating in the ceremony.
Luminaries are still being sold in memory of those lost to cancer or in honor of the who are fighting or have fought cancer. Luminaries can be purchased at Makin Memories in Pomeroy and are being designed by Debbie Hysell.
At nightfall, luminaries light the track to honor those who live to fight another day and remember those loved and lost. The votive candles nestled in sandbags that light the track, are a glowing tribute to those who have had cancer and light the path of hope for all. Proceeds from the luminary sales will benefit the American Cancer Society, which is dedicated to cancer research, service, education and advocacy.
Activities tentatively scheduled to be held during Relay for Life as as follows,
6:30-9:30 p.m. — Health screening (blood pressure and body fat analysis) by Holzer Health System.
7-9 p.m. — Hula Hoop, Jump Rope and Dance, Dance Revolution by Eastern High School National Honor Society
Yoga and/or Zumba demonstrations
Health Trivia Games
Other On-going activities include: Activity Dice, Coloring and activity pages for kids
Informational Displays including, Look Good, Feel Better; Road to Recovery; Cancer Prevention Study, Think Pink.
Nutrition Vendors/Providers who will attend and donate profits to the Relay for Life: Massage Therapy by Hannah Woolard Knight; Scentsy Consultant, Nicole Holley; Velata Consultant, Tasha Freeman.
Entertainment is still needed for the event. Those interested may contact Midkiff at (740) 992-6626.
Relay for Life is one of the largest fundraisers for the American Cancer Society.
In the fiscal year 2012, the American Cancer Society, in addition to funding valuable research grants both in Ohio and Nationally, helped 132 Meigs county patients and/or their families by providing 200 services. Of those, 49 were newly diagnosed and 19 were under or uninsured; five received the Reach to Recovery program; five attended Look Good Feel Better and six received gift items; 10 received transportation assistance totaling $2,088.00 in gas card reimbursement; six received a free wig; 10 patients received free lodging totaling 42 nights.