Over 300 attend Relay for Life

July 22, 2013

Over 300 people attended the 2013 Ashe County Relay for Life at Ashe County High School Friday.

This year’s relay was supported by 39 business, church and corporate sponsors and featured a total of 21 local teams. In addition to the well-known Survivor Walk, several other walks were held, including youth, teen, parent and grandparent, sweetheart and backward walks.

The opening ceremony for the event was officiated by ACS Community Manager Melissa Hiatt and Local Relay Chair Mary Jo Black. A benediction was offered by pastor Ken Morris of First Baptist Church, with the National Anthem performed by Calli Phipps.

Local storyteller and cancer survivor Judy Morris shared her experiences battling cancer interwoven with a fable about finding satisfaction with unintended consequences. Live music was on offer throughout the evening courtesy of long-time volunteer Glen Sullivan.

Activities including a dunking booth manned by Lansing Mayor George Rembert, caricature drawings and bounce houses.

Mission Delivery Director Lisa Bottomley — a cancer survivor who lost her brother to the disease — announced enrollment for the ACS’s new Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a research study designed to help better understand genetic, environmental and lifetsyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

The first study of its kind, CPS-3 will look at long-term effects of these factors by surveying participants over a period of 20-30 years.

Participants will complete at two-step enrollment process, including an 45-minute “at home” baseline survey, and a 20-25 minute in-person enrollement where a blood sample will be taken. American Cancer Society research staff will then continue to mail follow-up surveys every few years.

There is no cost to participate in the study, nor is any monetary comensation provided.

The study is open to anyone between 30 and 65 years old who has never been diagnosed with cancer and is willing to complete periodic short form follow-up surveys for the next 20-30 years.

The ACC’s Epidemiology Research program is recruiting men and women across the U.S. and Puerto Rico for CPS-3. Enrollment is taking place at select locations across the country. For information on how you can get involved with CPS-3, call 336-652-7290 or emial