Relay For Life Raises $44,000 To Aid ACS

Posted: July 14, 2014

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — The 2014 Pendleton County Relay for Life raised more than $44,000 for the American Cancer Society with more contributions still expected, Don Harris, team recruitment chairman, said Sunday.

“Since our first RFL event in 1998, our county has stood up, pulled together as a community, and raised more than $925,000 to fight cancer,” Harris said.

Donations can still be made online at or by sending a check made out to the American Cancer Society, c/o Cary Hevener, 405 Old Sugar Grove Road, Brandywine, WV 26902.

Due to the heat on Saturday, the event was held both inside and outside Pendleton County High School. At dusk, volunteers set up more than 700 luminaria on the Leo Slusher Football Field.

The word “HOPE” was spelled out by the candlelit bags set up on the bleachers overlooking the luminaria-lined football field.

The candle bags were changed to form the word “CURE” as “Amazing Grace” was performed by Mahala Alt and Philip Mullenaux. 

During the relay, more than 40 survivors were introduced and took a lap around the football field. Family and caregivers walked a second lap and then joined the survivors for a reception sponsored by the Women of the Moose. Activities included music, a silent auction, water-balloon contest, egg toss, a scavenger hunt and a greased-watermelon contest.

Macie Clements of team Eradicator was named the top fundraiser with $5,573 followed by Ellen Mitchell of Jingle Bells with $2,673. Peggy Pitsenbarger of Uncle Sam’s Scouts was third with $2,127.

The Eradicators raised the most team money with $8,281 followed by Jingle Bells with $7,156, and Uncle Sam’s Scouts with $7,058.

Locally, donations are used to fund I Can Cope, an educational series on living with cancer; Reach to Recovery, which aids women recovering from breast cancer; Man to Man, a support group for men with prostate cancer; Road to Recovery, which provides transportation for ambulatory patients to cancer treatments; and Look Good ... Feel Better, a workshop with local cosmetologists to help enhance appearance.

The funds also help pay for wigs and prosthetics, which are available free to cancer patients requesting them.

“Donations also help local residents with fuel assistance, lodging and anti-nausea medication,” Harris said.

More information and assistance with the services can be found by calling  1-800-227-2345 or 304-249-5089, or by going online at .

Pendleton County is one of 6,000 communities in 20 countries to take up the fight against cancer through Relay to Life.

“We gathered together in this relay to celebrate, remember, and fight back. We won’t stop doing this. This is our 16th year, and, as the Cancer Society says, ‘We won’t stop until there is a cure,’” Harris said.

Contact Joan Ashley at 574-6281

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