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Relay for life: Washington Co. celebrates victories, honors those lost

Washington Co. celebrates victories, honors those lost

From left, Jackie Goodwill, Haley Hendershot, Tessa Hendershot, Michele Hendershot, and Addi Hendershot offered a variety of delicious desserts at their tent on Saturday at Belpre’s Civitan Park in hopes of contributing the proceeds to support The Cancer Society. Michele has founded the group known as Cancer Kickers and through their efforts.

BELPRE–The annual Washington County Relay for Life held Saturday at Belpre’s Civitan Park brought the community together, celebrating the victories of cancer survivors, and also paying tribute to those who fought until the end of their lives.

Support networks are instrumental in aiding those afflicted by cancer. The community outreach and genuine kindness showcased through the efforts of the community represented what that kind of network should embody.

The movement continues to educate and inspire through the efforts of volunteers and medical specialists.

Speakers included Tim Bonnette, Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz, Dr. Kelli Cawley of Memorial Health Cancer Center, Michele George, grand marshal, as well as a representative from WVU Medicine Camden Clark.

Entertainment was provided by musical guests Rick Nicholson and High School that Rocks featured at the gazebo. A dinner was held for survivors at the shelter, and the event also included a live auction and luminary service with April Sampson officiating.

Memorial Health System volunteered their time to speak with those in attendance of the event at their tent on Saturday in Belpre. Front row: Elynn Wyer, Emily Ford, Remington Lauer, Paxton Cumberledge, Perry Cumberledge. Second row: Stacey Wyer, Cindy Neubert, Christy Ford, Stephanie Elliott, Chloe Brumbaugh, Kathy Pavlo, Alison Cumberledge, and Darla Vanhorn.

Maria Rutherford can be reached at mrutherford@newsandsentinel.com

Samantha Williams and mother Rhonda Blair participated in Saturday's Relay For Life held at Belpre Citivan Park and have volunteered their time and support to the Cancer Survivors tent for the past seven years after experiencing the loss of Rhonda’s father and Samantha’s grandfather, who passed away after a valiant battle with cancer.

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