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Berkeley County Relay for Life raises over $230K toward cancer research

All county schools participated some way

June 02, 2013
  • Area firefighters unfurl a flag during the annual Berkeley County (W.Va.) Relay for Life Saturday in Martinsburg, W.Va.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The American Cancer Society Relay for Life held over the weekend in Berkeley County, W.Va., continued its tradition of youth involvement.

All the Berkeley County schools participated in some way, and many were represented during the actual event, which started at noon Saturday and ended at 6 a.m. Sunday, according to Kim Dellinger, one of the co-chairs.

This year’s Berkeley County Relay for Life raised $231,000 toward its $270,000 goal. Fundraising continues through Aug. 31.

“We want to fight this,” Dellinger said, adding that money raised supports cancer research.

Ken Collinson served as chairman of the event. Joining him as co-chairs were Dellinger, Karen Butcher and Penny Horner.

For Dellinger, highlights included seeing the crowd of hundreds, especially the children, and the Saturday night luminaria ceremony. That ceremony served to remember and honor individuals with cancer.

“It was absolutely beautiful,” she said. “There were luminarias around our Martinsburg High School track.”

The Relay for Life also featured designated walking times for cancer survivors and caregivers.

“Most everybody has been touched by cancer one way or another,” Dellinger said.

The Relay for Life concluded shortly after a sunrise prayer.

— Jennifer Fitch

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