Relay plans presence in holiday parade


Community editor

STEUBENVILLE – The goal is raising $156,000 and having 33 teams, 160 survivors and 95 caregivers participating in the 2014 Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

And the theme is “I Relay What’s Your Super Power?”

But a more immediate focus is for relay to again have a presence in Steubenville’s Christmas parade, which is set to begin at noon on Dec. 7.

Discussion on this was among agenda items touched on when the kickoff meeting was held Oct. 15 at Eastern Gateway Community College, where the next meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 in room 2102.

The float for the parade will be decorated on Dec. 6 with more details to be announced at the November meeting, according to an e-mail sent to team members.

“We would love to have as many teams as possible participate so we can really show off our amazing relay,” the message urges. “Also this year we have had a T-shirt designed that you may purchase to wear in the parade or in general. These are completely optional, but we wanted to make sure we gave everyone a chance to order.”

The orders are due Tuesday for a T-shirt that costs $15. Checks should be made payable to Kyle Elder, co-chair of the relay along with Jaclyn Walters. Questions can be directed to Elder at (740) 219-0147. The T-shirts will be delivered at the November meeting.

The October meeting included an urging for teams to register online ASAP to become a part of the 2014 relay, which will be held June 20-21 at the Robert Kettlewell Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indian Creek High School in Wintersville.

Team captain packets can either be mailed or e-mailed with the option to choose when registering online at

ACS advocate Barb Wilinski urged teams to once again become ACS CAN teams by December. For the Steubenville relay to become an ACS CAN event, it means four of 10 people each are needed 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.

A number of relay fundraisers were announced at the October meeting, including the following:

  • Sycamore Survivors hold a luncheon at the Sycamore Tree Church in downtown

Steubenville from 11 a.m. to noon on the second Thursday of every month. They offer free delivery to businesses in Weirton, Steubenville and Wintersville. Anyone wanting to add their e-mail or Fax number to receive a menu, contact Monica at

  • Carla’s Pit Crew is selling candles from Make Peace Candles for $10 each. Orders will be accepted until Nov. 2. Contact Sarena Heiss at to place an order.
  • Team Cooper will be holding a vendor event called “Stop. Shop. Cure.” on Nov. 17 at the Knoxville Grange in Knoxville. A variety of vendors will be on hand, and there also will be a Santa’s workshop provided for children to shop with all gifts less than $5. A variety of lunch items will be available at the event as well.
  • Team Family Jewels will hold a Christmas Quarter Auction on Sunday at First Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Steubenville. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. with lunch available. The auction starts at 1 p.m. and will wrap up around 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by contacting Jaclyn at
  • Karen Lundquist and Connie Crawford are organizing Swim-A-Thons called “AquaMan and AquaWomen” at the Stratton indoor pool for March 2 and March 9.

In addition to the November meeting, additional planning meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at EGCC on Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8.

For information, contact Elder by e-mail at; Walters at; or Bethani Barsch, ACS staff partner, at

(Kiaski can be contacted a