BETHANY, W.Va. – More than 250 participants came out in support of The American Cancer Society’s fifth annual Relay for Life at Bethany College on Saturday, Nov. 15 and raised more than $6,300 for ACS research, education, advocacy and service programs.
The Relay for Life was held at the College’s Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center, beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 and continuing through the night until 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, and Bethany senior Kevin Clancy were among the speakers. Jim Forbes, faculty advisor for BethCom TV-14 and Managing Editor/Anchor for WTRF-TV and Fox Ohio Valley, delivered the keynote address and Professor David Rudari sang the National Anthem.
Eight cancer survivors kicked off the event with the traditional Survivors Lap and were recognized for their personal victory in the battle against cancer. During the Luminaria Ceremony, 170 candles were lit and placed in bags surrounding the track in honor of those families and individuals whose lives have been touched by cancer and in memory of those lost to the disease as Rudari sang the hymn Amazing Grace.
The relay featured 15 teams of participants with the Alumni and Friends team, captained by Bethany professor and event organizer Kenn Morgan, coming out on top with a total of $1,180. The BMC Night Hawks, captained by Bethany resident Carolyn Forrester, took runner-up honors with a total of $1,017. Alyssa Schrecengost was the top individual fundraiser with Gina Trout as runner-up. Sigma Nu was the leading fundraiser among fraternities while Delta Epsilon Pi taking top honors among the sororities. The final total of all donations was $6,353.67.
“As a cancer survivor of six years and a 9-time Relay for Life volunteer — four in Ohio County and five at Bethany — I have great enthusiasm and respect for this important fundraiser of the American Cancer Society,” Morgan said. “I believe it is important and significant for the Bethany community to take advantage of the opportunity to get involved in the fight for a cure while remembering and honoring the victims of this terrible disease which affects us all, either directly or indirectly.”
Sponsors of Bethany’s Relay for Life included Bethany College, Roadworthy Restaurant and Chartwells.
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.