Jefferson County Relay for Life having kick-off meeting Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE — The kick-off meeting for team captains and volunteers interested in being a part of planning for the 2019 Jefferson County Relay for Life will be held Tuesday in room 1504 at Eastern Gateway Community College, Sunset Boulevard, beginning at 6 p.m.

Anyone is welcome to attend.

Cancer survivor Emily Russell, communications chair for the 2018 relay and torch carrier in the survivors’ lap, will serve as relay co-chair along with Tom Simmons.

There will be many items to discuss at Tuesday’s meeting, according to Russell, chief among them a venue, the date of the event and the times for it.

While the relay that benefits the American Cancer Society traditionally has been held at the Robert Kettlewell Memorial Stadium at Indian Creek High School in Wintersville, the availability of that site is unclear with anticipated construction due to the passage of the school district’s bond issue in May for new and improved school buildings. Other venue options will be explored.

Agenda items also will cover theme ideas; T-shirts; participation in Steubenville’s Christmas parade; fall fundraising, including a fall challenge, hoodies, Christmas shirts and team fundraisers; a Hope Lodge drive; committees; and recruitment.

“Friends Don’t Let Friends Fight Cancer Alone” was the theme of the 2018 relay that ultimately generated $89,384.88 to help the ACS with research, patient services, advocacy and education.

At a relay wrapup meeting and picnic held in July 17 at Jim Wood Park in Steubenville’s West End, awards were handed out to teams based on how much they raised.

The top three teams were: Winterville United Methodist Church, $8,938; First Presbyterian Church of Toronto, $7,593; and Stacy’s Pink Posse, $5,452.

Russell can be contacted via e-mail at

The American Cancer Society representative is Rikki Batson, community development manager. Her e-mail is

After Tuesday’s meeting, the next planning session will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at EGCC.