2017-06-14 / Front Page

Relay for Life 2017 goes “purple”


Luminaries in memory and honor of those who have battled cancer lined the running track at Widmyer Elementary on June 10. The local Boy Scouts set up the bags each year. Candles inside were lit after dark. More Relay photos page 20. Luminaries in memory and honor of those who have battled cancer lined the running track at Widmyer Elementary on June 10. The local Boy Scouts set up the bags each year. Candles inside were lit after dark. More Relay photos page 20. Teams of local residents and volunteers raised more than $42,500 during the 2017 Relay for Life, a fundraising and awareness event in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. This year’s relay began on Saturday, June 10 and continued into the morning of Sunday with teams walking, participating in events and socializing at the Widmyer Elementary track in Berkeley Springs.

By surpassing organizers’ fundraising goals, the event went “purple” – an award designation by the American Cancer Society.

Eight teams had raised by nearly $44,000 by Saturday evening.

The relay included music and entertainment through Justin Litten’s Soundworkz, plus theme and recognition laps by cancer survivors, local first responders and veterans, team captains and organizers.

Kenny Sims of Hedgesville was this year’s Honorary Survivor. The former teacher shared his experience battling cancer.

Local Boy Scouts set up luminaries around the track in honor and memory of people afflicted by cancer.

The theme of the event was “Relay around the World,” so teams decorated their tents and themselves with international symbols and ornaments.

The Moose Lodge of Berkeley Springs provided food for participants.

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