ELKINS – Cancer survivors, their families and caregivers took time to share stories Tuesday at the Steer Steakhouse during the Randolph County Cancer Survivors Breakfast. More than 100 people gathered to celebrate hope and living another year cancer-free.
The annual event, sponsored by Randolph County Relay For Life, gives those affected by cancer the opportunity to talk quietly and bond in a relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast was provided by Steer Steakhouse.
Judy Ritchie, director of Randolph County Relay For Life said the breakfast was moved to a weekday this year.
“We have a great turnout today,” Ritchie said. “Our friends from Tucker County are joining us for this year’s Relay For Life. We are happy to have them on board.”
Ritchie said this year’s Relay will begin at noon on June 7 at Elkins Town Square.
“The theme this year is, ‘One World, One Cure,'” Ritchie said. “Every team has picked an area from around the world – cities, towns or countries – as their theme. Town Square will look like a slice of the earth.”
Ritchie said some local survivors have chosen Hawaii.
“We want all of our survivors to join us on our Hawaiian island and never leave,” Ritchie said. “Today’s Survivor Breakfast is meant as a celebration of life.”
Deanna Armentrout, co-chairwoman for survivorship, welcomed those in attendance. She said the Survivors Breakfast gives those afflicted an opportunity to sit back and talk with one another.
“It is important for them to share with one another and give hope and encouragement with one another,” Armentrout said. “The Steer Steakhouse has been very helpful, and we appreciate them.”
Mike Alkire, the American Cancer Society community manager responsible for Randolph and Tucker counties, said the two counties are merging for this year’s Relay For Life event.
“We will have lots of the same favorites this year, including tours of the Davis House,” Alkire said.
During the Relay For Life, cancer survivors will gather at 11:30 a.m. at Elkins Town Square for a luncheon. The first lap is the survivor’s lap, and the day will be filled with fun events, sales, speakers and food.
“At 9 p.m. we invite everyone to join us for the luminaria ceremony,” Armentrout said. “It is a very moving and inspirational service.”
Additional information about the Randolph County Relay for Life is available on Facebook at Randolph County Relay For Life.