Relay For Life making plans for 2013 kick-off

The Randolph County Relay For Life will sponsor a kick-off for the 2013 event at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Elkins Depot Caboose Room.

Judy Ritchie, 2013 Relay For Life director, encouraged everyone to attend.

“Cancer survivors, family, friends and compassionate residents make great team members,” Ritchie said. “We encourage as many people as possible to attend and learn about this great event.”

Attendees will receive new team packets and information about registration, prizes and fundraising ideas for the 2013 event. This year’s relay is slated for noon to midnight June 8.

“Refreshments will be served at the kick-off,” Ritchie said. “Door prizes including relay gear.Train tickets donated by the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad will also be given away.”

“Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society,” Ritchie said. “Relay for Life is not only about raising money for cancer research and programs, but also about raising awareness of information. We also provide information about assistance available from the American Cancer Society and local early detection programs.”

Ritchie said Relay For Life teams consist of groups from work places, businesses, civic organizations and families.

“Teams doing fundraising events and meeting become close friends and usually attend one another’s events to help out,” Ritchie said. “They support one another and have a chance to build a bond of friendship. The night of the relay event, those bonds come out, and everyone has fun. All competitions are on a friendly basis.”

More information about Randolph County Relay For Life is available online at, or on Facebook at Randolph County Relay For Life. Director Judy Ritchie is available by email at or by calling 304-516-7059.