Harrison County holds its annual Relay for Life

CADIZ – Following the raising of the flag by the Cadiz American Legion and Sons of American Legion Post 34, the Harrison County Relay for Life officially was under way Friday at Sally Buffalo Park.

Mindy Madzia, speaking for the other two co-chairmen, Lori Doane and Amy Morrison, said Colors of Hope was the theme and an arch of colorful balloons at the entrance to the Wallace Lodge could be seen.

The survivors’ walk was started by Doane and her sister, Holly, cancer survivors. Three generations of the Jim Thompson family marched together in memory of the late Mabel L. Thompson. They made a donation to the Funky Monkey team of $1,339.65 raised with a free donation taken at the Scio Presbyterian Church when it presented a gospel concert. Joining the concert this year were Owen and Olivia Chittenden on vocals. They are the Thompson great-grandchildren. Band members include Joe on piano and vocals, Jim on drums, Karen Beatty on vocals and Amy Gattis and Cindy Francis, vocals.

Wilma Hilligas Matusick, 89, has been a cancer survivor for 15 years and was taken around the walking track by Amy Morrison, with other relatives keeping her company in a decorated golf cart. She was proclaimed to be the grand marshal of the survivors’ walk.

A barbecued chicken dinner was provided for survivors and their care givers by members of the Harrison County Farm Bureau. They offered the dinners for sale to those attending as well.

Sponsors for the relay were Blues for a Cure group to perform at 4 p.m. on June 28 at the Sally Buffalo Park outdoor stage, platinum level; and CBC Pipelilne, Harrison County Farm Bureau, Cadiz Lions Club and Flushing Masons, gold level.

A silent auction was held with handmade crocheted blankets, a royal blue and black Huskie wreath, carved wooden lawn decoration, bath sets, picture frames, beauty products, Ohio State University items and gift cards available to the highest bidders. Nancy Stephenson was in charge of the auction, and Ronna Orr was the youth captain.

There were relay laps and games for the youth teams, including the Funky Monkeys, Grandma’s Honeys, Circle of Friends, Scott Memorial United Methodist Church and the committee team.

The luminaria ceremony was held at 10 a.m. with the commemoration candles and bags lining the track.

A team pizza party was held, along with other activities held until 7 a.m. Saturday, when a breakfast was provided by the Cadiz Lions.

North Elementary in Scio, Harrison Hills High School and Lakeland Academy all held mini relays during school hours to contribute to the relay funds.

(McCoy can be contacted at emccoy@heraldstaronline.com.)