Relay for Life plans 100-Day Kickoff Wednesday at mall

Area residents are invited to come and learn what Relay for Life is all about as organizers of the Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society prepare for the second-annual 100-day kickoff.

It will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Fort Steuben Mall.

The 100-day kickoff is designed to jump start the relay by registering teams as well as motivating and informing the community about relay.

“We want everyone we come in contact with to get excited about the event. This Relay For Life Kickoff is a celebration, and it’s an excellent outreach opportunity to grow the relay, recruit volunteers, new teams and survivors,” according to promotional material.

Highlights of the kick-off will be:

Performances by the Edison High School choir and representatives of One Step Up Dance Studio;

Speakers sharing testimonies on “Why I Relay”;

Children’s activities to include cupcake decorating and making their own superhero cape;

Teams on hand to answer questions and share their story;

An opportunity for teams and walkers to register.

The relay itself 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.

“This is truly an educational and uplifting event,” said Jaclyn Walters Abrams, relay chair, of Wednesday’s kick-off. “Everyone is encouraged to stop out and see how they can ‘Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back.’ Growing up everyone has wishes to be a superhero with a super power – becoming a relayer will grant that wish,” she said.

“We also will have information for local businesses and individuals to become sponsors to support the event. We offer so many opportunities to support the fight for a cure. Cancer attacks everyone in some way. Relay provides the opportunity to fight back,” Abrams said.

According to the ACS website, Relay for Life is 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.”

The next relay planning meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 8 in lecture hall 2102 at Eastern Gateway Community College. For information, contact Abrams at or Bethani Barsch, ACS staff partner, at