POMEROY — On Friday, March 15, a total of 124 attendees, including 70 cancer survivors, went “Over the Rainbow” at the annual Meigs County Cancer Survivor Dinner and Relay for Life (RFL) Kick-off, which was held at Meigs High School. The event was planned by members of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Meigs County Volunteer Leadership Council and Survivorship Taskforce and the Meigs County Cancer Initiative, Inc, (MCCI).
The dinner was sponsored by several local businesses and organizations.
The evening began with a warm welcome from ACS Meigs County Volunteer Leadership Council President Rae Moore. Moore explained that the Over the Rainbow theme was selected for not only the dinner but also the 2013 Meigs RFL because cancer awareness is represented by numerous colors and survivors. Pastor Lawrence Foreman offered prayer before the meal, which was catered by Barbara Arnold and Nancy Barker. Courtney Midkiff was the emcee for the evening. Members of the River City Players performed several musical selections. Numerous door prizes were awarded. Sound for the event was coordinated by Roger Gilmore while his wife, Mary, photographed the event. A breast cancer awareness display was erected Norma Torres, current MCCI Chairperson, Program Manager of the Think Pink Program, and breast cancer survivor.
Midkiff relayed to attendees that 132 Meigs County cancer patients were served by the ACS in 2012 with 200 services. Funding comes from the Relay for Life, which is the ACS signature fund-raising event. ACS Staff Partner Hilary Patrick announced that the Meigs County RFL would take place on June 7-8 at the Meigs County Fairgrounds and encouraged survivors to support the event.
Midkiff, ACS Meigs Co. Volunteer Leadership Council; 2013 Meigs Co. RFL Coordinator and MCCI Secretary noted that “Survivorship is the hallmark of the local fight against cancer. Our survivors look forward to the fun, food and fellowship each year.” For more information, contact Midkiff at 740-992-6626.