Relay A Success

PARKERSBURG – With the help of thousands of volunteers and donors throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley, the fight against cancer received a strong push towards success this weekend with the Relay for Life events in both Washington and Wood counties.

“The rain didn’t do us any favors, but we still had a great Relay and look forward to next year,” said Connie Grimes with the Washington County event. “We proved that rain and thunderstorms don’t stand a chance against cancer.”

The Wood County Relay for Life did well this year, having raised $135,973,000 of it’s $250,000 goal, said Susie Warman, community manager for the Parkersburg chapter of the American Cancer Society. This year’s Wood County event included 81 teams and more than 1,000 participants at City Park in Parkersburg.

By the time of its closing ceremonies at noon Saturday, the Washington County Relay for Life, which was held at Belpre’s Civitan Park, had raised roughly $140,000 of it’s $183,000 goal for this year through the work of 65 teams and more than 400 participants.

“I don’t have a breakdown of how much each team raised and, honestly, my goal is to raise whatever we can,” Grimes told the crowd gathered in one of the shelters. “In this area, $140,000 is great and if we can raise anything, we can and will make a difference in the history of cancer.”

While the total amount raised for each event was announced on Saturday, both teams will continue to hold fundraising events to keep up the momentum.

Teams in Wood County have until the end of May to raise money while teams in Washington County have through August to collect funds and work to meet their goals.

During the closing ceremonies – at 9 a.m. at City Park and at noon at Civitan Park – organizers for both events thanked the volunteers for making the Relay for Life the success it has been for more than two decades on each side of the river.

“Any volunteer work sometimes goes unsung,” said John Chalfant with the Wood County Relay for Life. “For the 21 years of the Wood County Relay for Life, people throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley learn they have a good prognosis when they are told they have cancer because of the hard work and dedication that volunteers put into this event each year.”