STEUBENVILLE - A Tuesday evening planning meeting of the 2013 Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society will include the selection of a theme, an update on participating in Steubenville's Christmas parade on Dec. 8 and a presentation of new 2013 team captain kits featuring information and resources.
The meeting gets under way at 7 p.m. in room 2506 of Eastern Gateway Community College, the new location for the monthly planning sessions for the relay. It is open to anyone interested in organizing a team or being a part of the fundraiser event that raises money for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.
This year's relay will be held June 21-22 at the Robert Kettle Memorial Stadium at Indian Creek High School in Wintersville.
At the October kickoff meeting, relay co-chairs Kyle Elder and Jaclyn Walters presided along with Bethani Barsch, ACS staff partner.
Barb Wilinski gave a presentation on the ACS Cancer Action Network, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the ACS. It is the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization that works to make cancer issues a national priority, according to Wilinski, who expressed her hope for the 2013 relay to be a Relay ACS CAN event. That means 10 teams have to have each team member donate $10 to become an ASC CAN member.
The relay will have a presence in the Steubenville Christmas Parade, recruiting people to walk in the parade and those who have an interest in building a float.
Upcoming team fundraisers were discussed including Team Cooper's "Stop, Shop, Cure" set for Nov. 18 at the Knoxville Grange. It will be held from noon to 5 p.m. and include a variety of vendors, a Chinese auction and lunch available for eat-in or takeout. The menu will be soups, sandwiches, chicken and noodles, haluski, desserts and homemade hard tack candy.
Longtime relay participant Karen Lundquist was presented a surprise award for raising the most money as an individual at the 2012 relay. She also announced plans for the second-annual swim-a-thon to be held in early 2013 and noted seven schools already have set dates for 2013 mini-relays, now called "Relay Recess."