BETHANY, W.Va. – Walkers from Bethany College and surrounding communities will be stepping up to support the battle against cancer this weekend in the College’s fifth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. This year’s relay starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center and continues through the night, ending at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16.
The Bethany chapter of Colleges Against Cancer is organizing this year’s event after receiving a grant from the American Cancer Society to raise awareness of cancer within the college community. Relay For Life events are held nationwide as a celebration of life, uniting groups and individuals in support of families that have been touched by the disease and raising money to aid in the search for a cure.
The keynote address will be delivered by Jim Forbes, faculty advisor for BethCom TV-14 and Managing Editor/Anchor for WTRF-TV and Fox Ohio Valley, at approximately 7:40 p.m. on Saturday. Other featured speakers at the event include Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, and Bethany senior Kevin Clancy. The keynote address will be followed by the traditional Survivor’s Lap as cancer survivors are given the honor of walking the opening lap in recognition and celebration of their victory against the disease.
The highlight of the night will be the Luminaria Ceremony, slated for 9 p.m. and featuring a vocal performance by Bethany Professor David Rudari. Luminaries will be lit and placed around the track in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their battle with the disease. The luminaries will burn throughout the night as a visual reminder to participants and supporters.
Bethany Relay organizer and cancer survivor Professor Kenn Morgan is sending out a call to all cancer survivors willing to participate in the Survivor’s Lap. Anyone interested in forming a relay team, joining an existing relay team or walking as a survivor or caregiver should call Professor Morgan at (304) 829-7824 or (304) 829-4804.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.