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Relay for Life rescheduled to today

June 06, 2004|By WANDA T. WILLIAMS

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Saturday's showers rained out Berkeley County's annual Relay For Life, but the weather didn't dampen spirits and the event will resume today, relay co-chairperson Mary Lou Geary said.

"We were like telemarketers," Geary said. "We called all 54 teams and everyone is still excited about continuing the race tomorrow."

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the fund-raiser will start with an 11 a.m. registration, followed by opening ceremonies at noon at Cobourn Field behind Martinsburg High School.

Geary said Relay For Life is a signature fund-raiser for cancer research and education programs. During the event, teams of local participants will take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

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This year, 54 teams have been working to meet this year's goal to raise $135,000, Geary said. Last year's relay raised about $126,000.

Geary said the bad weather hasn't hurt enthusiasm.

"Teams have been raising money all year and will raise money up until the relay," she said.

According to American Cancer Society spokesperson Donelle Avery, 4,710 West Virginians will die from cancer this year. The state's cancer mortality rate is fourth in the U.S.

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