Relay for Life Is About Hope

Why do I RELAY? No matter how many people you ask, you will continually get a different answer. WHY? Because every reason is VERY personal and heart-felt. Some participate to celebrate their favorite survivor, and others are there to help fund the research that will help them not lose any more family or friends to cancer.

The annual Relay For Life event offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in this fight. On August 9, teams of people set up camp around Good Lake in Wheeling Park, and participants took turns walking the path. It is a team event to signify that we know it takes a whole team of people to get the cancer patient through these tough times: family, doctors, friends, spiritual advisor, etc. Don’t forget about the American Cancer Society in this mix, which has many tools at its disposal: they fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date information to educate people about the disease, advocate for all people to have access to quality cancer care, and offer free programs and services to improve the quality of life for people facing cancer and their families. Just last year, Relay for Life participants received a thank you from a WVU research doctor. Because of the monies we raised, he was able to continue his promising research in the field.

Relay gives us a chance to do something. For those of us who don’t want to just sit back and take it anymore, RELAY gives us a way to act, all the while remembering those who have fought, are currently fighting and will fight, the disease. In the end, RELAY FOR LIFE is the promise of hope. Hope for less pain, hope for better care, hope for fewer cancer diagnoses, hope for a cure.

Thank you, Ohio Valley, for helping us do our part once again. There are so many good people in our area. We are very appreciative of your continued support. We know it would not be possible without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for any part you played in the success of the evening. YOU make hope possible. It will be your efforts that give us the cure. Thank you so very much.

Peggy Dolan

Wheeli

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