Washington County Relay for Life holds annual Luminaria ceremony

Relay has already surpassed first goal, aims for $25,000 by end of season

Under a sunset sky that streaked purple and pink across the horizon, the Washington County Relay for Life honored scores of loved ones who have fought cancer.

The annual Luminaria Ceremony was held Saturday at the Washington County Courthouse.

Survivor Margaret King had been diagnosed with cancer in her uterus and small intestine and she has been informed that it has spread to her liver.

But King is not deterred by her doctor’s news. She is ready for whatever comes next.

“I’m a fighter,” King said. “My son and I are making the best of it. I am not afraid. I am going to kick it all the way to the Grand Canyon.”

The Relay for Life continues through the end of the calendar year. Stephanie Smith, American Cancer Society Senior Development Manager, said the organization has met its first goal of $20,000 and now it is setting its sights on getting to $25,000 by the next deadline.

To date, there has been $23,030 raised. Smith said while the fundraising for the ACS took a huge hit as a result of the COVID pandemic, such as layoffs and budget cuts, what has emerged is a more disciplined and different way to “ensure every dollar available is going to our lifesaving mission.” She said volunteers had really stepped up in more innovative ways to safely raise funds in the fight against cancer.

“COVID-19 has introduced us to virtual events, social distance events, drive through events, Luminaria Displays and so many news ways that our communities can come together safely and our volunteers are taking these ideas and making them a reality to keep the mission alive,” Smith said. “We are very grateful for our Relay For Life family and volunteers across the American Cancer Society, because their creativity and commitment to the fight against cancer helps us to continue funding the lifesaving research, helps keep our 24/7 helpline available, allows us to keep our Hope Lodge open and so much more. Everything we are able to do is because of our volunteers and donors and we can’t thank them enough. So, while our events and fundraising might look different right now our passion to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer remains the same. “

To donate, click here or you can place your contribution with any Relay for Life team member.

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