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May 16, 2014

Mannington Relay for Life begins this evening

‘Really fun event for a good cause,’ raising money for fight against cancer

MANNINGTON — The Mannington Relay for Life begins today at 6 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

The event will be held at Hough Park. The Relay for Life allows individuals to join teams that participate in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s various programs and cancer research.

Jackie Mullenax said she was inspired to participate in the relay by her grandson Patrick, who passed away from cancer when he was 8 years old. Mullenax said she became involved to help other people and children.

The Mannington events begin at 6 p.m. with an opening ceremony. Teams are encouraged to have individuals walk around a track during the entire event.

“We had two ladies who walked all night last year; they only stopped long enough to get a drink,” Mullenax said.

Stage entertainment will be provided until midnight.

“There is a special quiet ceremony at 9 o’clock,” Mullenax said. “You can buy luminaria bags there. They put candles inside. It is to honor someone who has passed on.”

The bags with luminaria in them also include canned food, which is later donated to a food pantry.

At 10 p.m., bingo begins with prizes including Vera Bradley products, Mullenax said.

The night-long event continues with movies and other activities. There will be booths set up by the different teams and entertainment for children as well.

People in attendance clean up the area before the closing ceremony at 6 a.m.

“People should attend it because it is a really fun event for a good cause. Cancer is everywhere,” Mullenax said.

“Cancer is just taking over. This is something we need to fight for and find a cure for. That is what the relay is all about, trying to raise money to do research to help find the cure.”

Ryann Moore is a community manager for the American Cancer Society. She said that the relay helps provide services and programs to cancer patients and their families.

“Look Good, Feel Better” is a program that allows patients to work with a licensed cosmetologist.

“Reach to Recovery” is a support system that allows cancer survivors and others to speak with those currently battling cancer.

“Road to Recovery” is a group of volunteers who help drive patients to treatments.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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