Relay for Life event was held Saturday in Parkersburg

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Published: Jul. 30, 2022 at 11:47 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 12:06 AM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) -

Relay for Life took place Saturday evening at Parkersburg City Park.

Cancer survivors and supporters showed up to raise money for cancer research.

A common message amongst everyone in attendance was hope.

Carmen Hathaway, the Local Senior Development Manager for the American Cancer Society, shared how cancer survivors are able to share their hope.

Hathaway said, “They are our hope for finding cures for all cancers. I think that they feel very special in representing that hope and being able to be here to show, ‘hey I’ve survived. There is hope for everybody.’”

Kim Haase, the team captain for team Forever Young, talked about how no one’s alone in their battle against cancer.

Haase said, “So the families of the people who we have lost and the survivors know that they’re not alone. That we’re out here trying to find a cure and that we’re going to beat this battle one of these days.”

Carol Vincent, a cancer survivor, said how Relay for Life is a great way to show support for cancer patients.

Vincent said, “It’s just nice, the community support. To see the number of people that actually come out to support it. Cancer survivors, cancer members, and families need the support.”

Cancer survivor Jessica Ross is the event lead for 2022 Wood County Relay for Life. She shared how it motivates cancer patients.

Ross said, “My hope for the ones currently fighting is that you can look at an event like this tonight, you can see that we’re all here for you; to help get you though what you are going through because we’ve been there.”

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