Relay for Life to have presence in parade

LOOKING FOR SUPPORT — The Relay for Life of Jefferson County will be promoting interest in the relay to be held from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 16 when relay supporters have a presence in Saturday’s Christmas parade in Steubenville, which begins at noon. Planning for it at the November relay meeting were seated, from left, Judy Fellows, Karen Lundquist, Connie Crawford, June Crago and Bernice Richards; and standing, Emily Russell, Nate Fellows, Michele Purviance, Dianna Landberg, Lisa Elder, Brenda Mieczkowski, Roxanne Gillis and Tom Simmons. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — Area supporters involved in this year’s Relay for Life of Jefferson County will be having a Christmas parade presence Saturday in hopes of generating interest for the fundraiser that has had a longtime local presence in raising funds for the American Cancer Society.

“Sock it to Cancer” will be the theme of the group’s float in Steubenville’s annual Christmas parade — The Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic, which starts at noon and will follow the city’s traditional route south of Fourth Street. The Relay for Life of Jefferson County float will be one of more than 70 units expected to participate in the annual event.

Relay float participants will be handing out “Save the Date” information about this year’s relay, an event that will have a new time frame and some changes along with it.

But one thing relay organizers say hasn’t changed is the need for people to participate and recruit teams for this non-athletic event, with friends and families, co-workers, organizations, churches, neighborhoods and other groups encouraged to get on board.

The relay will be held June 16 at the Robert Kettlewell Memorial Stadium at Indian Creek High School in Wintersville — a familiar location for the event — but the time frame will shorten, getting started at 3 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m. The theme will be “friends Don’t Let Friends Fight Cancer Alone.”

The survivors walk that celebrates area cancer survivors will be held at 6 p.m. at the relay with a meal for them provided afterward. Traditionally, the ceremonial survivors walk has been the opening lap of the event. The move to later would make it more convenient for them to be on hand for the luminaria ceremony, according to planners.

Organizers at the November meeting discussed the parade and their hopes that “Christmas presents” for the relay will come in the form of a chairperson for the event, increased participation and the naming of an ACS staff partner by the next meeting, which will be held Jan. 9 in room 2502 at Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville, beginning at 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending the meeting is welcome to do so or for relay information call Lizzy Givan, Relay for Life manager, centralized support, American Cancer Society Inc., at or (800) 227-2345.