Relay planning meeting Tuesday

Planning for the 2014 Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society will continue Tuesday when team captains, committee members and volunteers meet at 7 p.m. in lecture hall 2102 at Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville.

The meeting will include the announcement by Kyle Elder that he will be resigning his duties as relay co-chair, having accepted a position with the ACS. (See story at right.)

Anyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the relay, which will be held at the Robert Kettlewell Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indian Creek High School in Wintersville beginning at 6 p.m. on June 20 and continuing until noon on June 21.

The theme for this year’s event is “I Relay – What’s Your Superpower?” The goal is to raise $155,000 for education, research, patient services and advocacy and also to have 33 teams, 160 survivors and 95 caregivers participating.

If you’re a relay newbie, here’s a definition of the event, courtesy of the main ACS website. It’s an “organized, overnight community fundraising walk” that involves teams of people who camp out around a track if they so desire and have members of each team who take turns walking around the track. The relay includes food, games and activities, entertainment and camaraderie in what is a “family-friendly environment for the entire community.”

Jaclyn Walters Abrams will continue as co-chair of the relay.

Teams are urged to register online ASAP to become a part of the annual event. Team captain packets can either be mailed or e-mailed with the option to choose when registering online at

The January relay planning meeting brought several announcements, including:

A Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event will be coming to the Steubenville area on Oct. 4.

The focus of the event will be on survivors, and committee volunteers are being sought for it. For information, contact Bethani Barsch, ACS staff partner, at

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them,” according to the ACS website.

The third-annual Swim-A-Thon is planned for March 9 at the Stratton indoor pool. Signups are in progress for teams and volunteers. For information, contact Karen Lundquist or Connie Crawford.

Steppin For Sisters, one of the relay teams, is planning a Spring Fling for March 29 at the Stratton Municipal Building. The team also will hold a Ratta-Cutlery fundraiser and sell tickets for a corn hole board with the winning name to be drawn at relay. For information, contact Judy Fellows, team captain.

Team Family Jewels, another relay team, will be returning with its purple toilet fundraiser. For $10, the toilet can be delivered to someone’s home or office; $20 will cover taking the toilet away and giving it to a friend; and $30 buys toilet insurance. Contact Jennie Walters at (304) 479-9379 to set up specifics.

The ACS has teamed with the Cleveland Indians for a baseball game on Sept. 7 at 1:05 p.m. For $22.50, a mezzanine or upper reserved ticket can be purchased. Each ticket includes a custom Relay for Life Cleveland Indians hat and exclusive pre-game activities with $8 from each ticket to benefit the Relay for Life team selling the ticket.

“Brrr For A Cure” will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Lake Milton. There is a $25 minimum donation to register, and $100 in donations will entitle the participant to receive a free “Brrr” shirt. Money raised will be credited to the Relay for Life team.

Teams are being urged to once again become ACS CAN teams. For the Steubenville relay to become an ACS CAN event, it needs four teams of 10 people to sign up as ACS CAN members. ACS CAN, an acronym for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, is the main advocacy program through ACS to make cancer a national priority. Walmart Sparkies has distinguished itself as the first official Steubenville ACS CAN team.

In addition to Tuesday’s meeting, additional planning meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at EGCC on March 11 and April 8. For information, contact Abrams at or Bethani Barsch, ACS staff partner, at