Relay for Life 2019

(Posted June 10, 2019)

Messenger photos by Jeff Pfeil

The Madison and Union Counties Relay for Life took place June 8 at Jonathan Alder High School. The event has raised $53,723.50 and counting for the American Cancer Society. In addition to walking around a path set up in the school parking lot, participants enjoyed contests, entertainment and on-site fundraisers. The evening also included a dinner for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Donations can still be made at

Following opening ceremonies, Relay participants take to the “track,” a loop set up in the high school parking lot. (The actual track was unavailable as Jonathan Alder is installing synthetic turf on its stadium field.) The first lap is always dedicated to survivors and caregivers.
Bev Hall of West Jefferson receives a door prize at the survivor and caregiver dinner.
Heather Hall cuts Emily Rose Cook’s hair. Emily, 12, donated 10 inches of her hair to Children with Hair Loss. She is from Marysville.
Tina Morgan, captain of the UFCW Local 1059 Relay for Life team, shows off her skills in the hula hoop contest. Other contests included limbo, freeze dance and frozen t-shirt.
Jerney Gandy, 9, of London won the hula hoop contest.



How low can you go? Several Relay for Life participants found out by participating in the limbo contest.
Line dancing was among the many activities offered as entertainment at Relay for Life.
Luminaria purchased and decorated in memory of or in honor of those who have battled cancer line the Relay for Life track.
Participants make their final laps after the luminaria ceremony during which the names of those who have battled cancer were read.
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