TAYLOR COUNTY—It’s that time of year again, when people start coming together to help raise awareness and funds for those suffering with cancer.
According to Leslie Pellegrin, a co-chair for the event, this year’s Relay will take place on Saturday, June 17, from 6:00 p.m., until midnight, at Anna Jarvis Elementary School.
The group has set a fundraising goal of $55,000, and has so far collected $2,170.
Event coordinators are asking that those wishing to participate in this year’s Relay for Life, to start gathering their teams, get registered and begin fundraising.
“Our theme this year is Rockin’ Out Cancer,” shared Pellegrin. “We want as many teams as possible.”
Event organizers are hoping for a bigger, better event, with more funds raised this year.
Taylor County Relay for Life hosted twelve teams last year, which spent numerous hours raising money to help individuals suffering or affected by cancer. The teams pulled together and raised over $74,000 for the cause.
Cheryl Lambert, co-chair for last year’s event, said that total was shocking to her.
“It was amazing that we made that much,” she shared. “I had to call to make sure that they sent the right number to us.”
Lambert said last year’s total was the largest amount of money Taylor County Relay for Life has made to date.
The best part about the money being raised? It stays right here in Taylor County.
“We want everyone to know that the money is used to fund the programs used through our Relay for Life. It says local,” explained Lambert. “These programs not only benefit the cancer patients, but their families, as well.”
Relay for Life event coordinators would also like to remind individuals that it is very important for those are currently fighting, or those who have survived cancer, register with Relay for Life so that they can be recognized during the organization’s Survivor’s Dinner.
The night before the Relay for Life main event, survivors are invited to attend the annual Survivor’s Dinner. The survivor, along with one caregiver, is invited to enjoy an evening of fun, food, music, and recognition.
“We get some information from the American Cancer Society, as well as word of mouth, but that doesn’t guarantee that we will hear about everyone who has been affected,” expressed Pellegrin. “If they are registered with Relay, we will be able to make sure they are sent an invite.”
For any questions or to receive more information, please contact either Leslie Pellegrin by calling 304-265-8329, or Cheryl Lambert at 304-265-4860. Teams may be registered online by visiting www.relayforlife.org/taylorwv.
“We want to spread the word that we’d like for people to come out that would like to participate in Relay, in whatever way they’d prefer,” said Lambert. “Whether they’d like to form a team, donate, help with fundraising, or whatever, we’d love to hear from them.”