The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

September 19, 2013

Relay for Life meeting tonight

— From Staff Reports

The 2013 totals for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event in Fayette County were respectable and a number of individuals and teams worked many long hours preparing for and participating in the relay, but Melissa Menei, event chairperson, wants to 2014 to be even better.

Higher fund totals and more participants are among her goals and toward that end, there will be a planning meeting this evening at 6:30 p.m. at Genesis HealthCare Hilltop Center on Saddle Shop Road.

“The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is seeking volunteers in Fayette County — walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone to make a difference — to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2014 event,” Menei said in a press release last week.

“At the meeting, attendees will learn more about opportunities to participate in taking Fayette County’s Relay for Life event to the next level, and to help support the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease.”

The Relay for Life events, which are held all around the country, bring together people from all walks of life to celebrate those who are fighting cancer, honor those who recovered from the disease, and remember those who lost the battle, all the while raising money to fund the work of the ACS.

“Relay for Life is all about our community uniting with the American Cancer Society and supporting its efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” Menei said. “Volunteers and participants who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event are making a commitment to let Fayette County know that cancer can be defeated.”

If you would like to join the Relay for Life in Fayette County as a volunteer or team participant, call the American Cancer Society at 304-252-5521, visit, or attend this evening’s meeting.