Washington County Relay for Life off due to pandemic
BELPRE — The Washington County Relay For Life has been canceled for this year because of the pandemic, officials said.
The event was originally scheduled for May 15 at Civitan Park in Belpre, then postponed until July 10 because of the pandemic.
Now it has been canceled, Carmen Hathaway, senior community development manager with the American Cancer Society, said.
“We are just trying to protect everyone from the virus,” she said. “Being a health organization, we want to help keep everyone safe.”
At each relay, cancer survivors are given a lapel pin to signify their continued fight against the disease.
“What they are doing is sending a mailer to the cancer survivors so they will be able to get their lapel pin,” Hathaway said.
Plans are being put in place to hold a regular Relay event next year.
“We are planning to have the traditional event again next year,” Hathaway said.
Around 100 luminaries had already been purchased for this year’s event. A ceremony is usually held at dark during the event where a candle is lit in each luminary to honor someone lost to cancer, battling the disease or has overcome it. Luminaria are decorated with names and messages.
Those purchased this year will be set out at next year’s event, Hathaway said. Generally, about 1,000 are purchased for the Relay.
Despite the Washington County Relay being canceled, the American Cancer Society is still accepting donations, she said.
“The needs of people facing cancer has not stopped,” Hathaway said. “We are still continuing our mission into research efforts to help prevent and find cures for cancer. Donations are always greatly appreciated.”
For more information and to make a donation, go to relayforlife.org/washingtoncounty or go to its Facebook page under the title of Relay For Life of Washington County, Ohio.