Event raises $3K for cancer patients

Walkers and runners did not let the heat deter them Saturday as they completed their treks to raise money for local people facing a devastating disease. More than 30 people participated in the 2013 Walk/Run for the Randolph County Cancer Support Group. The event raised more than $3,000 to help Randolph County residents battling cancer.

“This event raises money for Randolph County citizens with cancer who are in need,” said Walk/Run organizer Sherri Marstiller. “Monies are used to help cancer patients with food, medicine and travel expenses. This event is about 18 years old. The first three years, the event was organized by Glenn Shehan in memory of Read Carney – monies were donated to the Relay for Life. Now the funds go to the Randolph County Cancer Support Group.”

Marstiller said she was pleased with the turnout.

“This is a good competition,” she said. “This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Randolph County Cancer Support Group.”

Randolph County Cancer Support Group President Eloise Mann thanked everyone who participated in the event.

“We lost a wonderful woman this week who has fought her cancer for eight to 10 years,” Mann said. “We were glad to help Michelle Ramsey when she didn’t have the money. I can’t tell you how much it means to those battling cancer when our group can help them. They are fighting this terrible disease and they have no money and do not know where to turn. But we can help them. And every dollar we raise goes to the cancer patients.

“Caitlyn Rennix is such an inspiration to all of us with her dedication,” Mann said. “Patty Jo Hamilton is an inspiration to all of us with her determination. If God smiles on anyone, it will be on all of you. What else can you say – God bless everyone!”

Caitlyn Rennix walked with her mother during the event. Saturday was her birthday, and she was out helping others. She raised $900 in donations and was walking in honor of John Jones and in memory of Michelle Ramsey.

Randolph County Cancer Support Group Treasurer Betty Hardman said her church offers a challenge each year for the event.

“Last year the Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church made donations in honor of Firmen Canfield,” Hardman said. “This year, we collected $925 in donations and $200 in sponsorships in honor of Patty Jo Hamilton.”

Matthew Perry was the first man to cross the finish line in the run and Jessica Williams was the first female,

“We just moved to Elkins about a week and a half ago,” Perry said. “My wife and I decided to run to help support the local cancer foundation.”