Tucker Relay For Life walkers to fight cancer on Saturday

Tucker County community members will gather Saturday to help raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer, and to support friends, family and neighbors celebrating another year of survivorship.

The Tucker County Relay for Life will kick off its celebration of life at 2:45 p.m. Saturday. The event is at the R.H. Armstrong Field of the Class of 1984 Stadium in Parsons.

The walk is a way for organizations and volunteers in the community to come together in teams to raise money for cancer research and treatment. Each team member takes turns walking around the track throughout the entire event, symbolizing that the fight for cancer never stops.

Coordinator April Suesli said there will be something for everyone at this year’s event.

“We have five teams of dedicated supporters this year,” Suesli said. “This year we have two new teams – the Soul Mates and the Tucker County Wellness Center. Fun, child-centered activities will be offered throughout the day.”

Suesli said the event will kick off with a survivor reception beginning at 3 p.m.

“Pre-registration is not required, but survivors should check-in by 2:45 p.m.,” Suesli said. “Musical entertainment begins at 3 p.m. featuring Rocky Hebb, Nina Sharp Hebb and Lenny Stone from the Gandy Dancer Theatre in Elkins.”

A survivor lap begins at 4 p.m., followed by a caregiver lap.

“At 5:45 p.m., we will have our Mr. Relay Pageant, a yearly favorite,” Suesli said. “We will also have performances by the Mountain State Cloggers, First United Methodist Church Singers, Joyful Noise and Jack Hedrick and Friends.”

During the day, folks can bid on many items in the silent auction, including a gift basket from Canaan Trading Company, lift tickets at Wisp Ski Resort and details from Performance Motors.

Rounding off the evening is the luminary ceremony, slated for 9:45 p.m.

“People can purchase a luminary in honor or in memory of friends or loved ones,” Suesli said.

“The goal for this year’s relay is to raise $25,000,” Suesli said. “We hope folks will come and celebrate with those who battled cancer and survived. We will also honor those who passed away from this disease. We need to gather together to fight back against cancer.”