Honoring all survivors:
This month, Relay for Life of Belmont County would like to recognize all of the survivors that participated in the annual Relay for Life event. The event, which took place June 13, hosted more than 75 cancer survivors from Belmont County.
The evening started "under the survivor tent" with a guest speaker who won his fight against cancer. Glen Brooks was diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer in 2011. Although the prognosis was not good, Glen and his wife had hope and maintained a positive attitude. After a grueling battle, Glen is now cancer free.
Glen recently returned the favor as a caregiver to his wife, Amy, as she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had to undergo surgery. Amy's battle is not yet done, but her doctors feel that she also will soon be cancer free.
Glen feels certain that his future would have been much different if not for research that is funded by the American Cancer Society. This is why he volunteers by working and speaking at American Cancer Society events. His goal is to share his story of survivorship, courage and hope to cancer survivors.
After the presentation from Glen, the survivors and their caregivers were able to enjoy a catered dinner under the tent sponsored by Relay for Life of Belmont County. They were then honored as they participated in the survivor lap.
All cancer survivors know that it is almost impossible to fight cancer alone. At the Relay For Life event, caregivers were also honored. They were able to enjoy the dinner with the survivors, and were recognized as they participated in the caregiver lap.
Message to newly diagnosed and patients in treatment:
The American Cancer Society can help you. Know that you do not have to go through your battle alone. For information on how The American Cancer Society can help you, call 1-800-227-2345.
Upcoming Relay for Life of Belmont County fundraisers:
- Aug. 2 Project Care Bike Ride
Last year, the Bellaire Warthogs Motorcycle Club partnered with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Belmont County and created the Project Care fundraiser bike ride. Registration for the ride starts at 9 a.m. at Valley Harley-Davidson in Belmont off the Morristown exit. The ride will start at 10 a.m. and with a police escort.
Participants will ride Route 40 from Morristown to Wheeling Medical Park Hospital where they will be delivering teddy bears to cancer patients. After delivering the bears to the hospital, the Warthogs will join the Classy Chassis Car Club at Quaker Steak and Lube at the Highlands in Triadelphia where there will be a car cruise and motorcycle show.
Registration for the bike ride is $25 day of the event. There is no preregistration, and it is $3 to register your car for the cruise. Registration for that will occur at Quaker Steak as well. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Belmont County.
- Aug. 6 Betty Zane Days 5K?Race
The Betty Zane Days 5K race/walk will take place in Martins Ferry. The start and finish is at the city park. This is the second year that all proceeds from the event will be donated to The American Cancer Society. This event is for competitive runners, competitive walkers and casual walkers. Anyone wanting to participate in the race can register online at www.active.com, or pick up a registration form at Total Sports Connections, the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce and the Martins Ferry City Building. Registrations can be mailed to Barb Ballint or dropped off at the Martins Ferry Water Dept. or the Martins Ferry Recreation Center.
- Aug. 23 GLOW 4 GOAL 5K Run &?Walk
GLOW 4 Goal is a 5K Run & Walk that benefits the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Belmont County. GLOW is different because the race takes place at night and participants light up the course with glow in the dark t-shirts and wrist bands. Most of the participants also wear and bring their own glow items to enhance the event. Participants are treated to a post-race party with food, a DJ, and raffles and prizes. American Cancer Society staff and volunteers are excited to bring this unique and fun event to Belmont County.
The Times Leader, in conjunction with the Belmont County Relay for Life, began running the monthly "Survivor Spotlight" feature in 2013. The goal of this feature is to share stories of survivorship, courage and hope of cancer survivors in the local area. It is also to inform the readers about the good things that your local Relay For Life event are doing. For more information on how you can become involved, call 1-888-227-OHIO or online at relayforlife.org/belmontcounty.