(06/30/2001)
By Bob Weaver

Several hundred people participated in the Calhoun-Gilmer Relay for Life celebration last night at the Glenville State College athletic complex. Dozens of cancer fighting teams and cancer survivors filled the stadium in an all-night walk-a-thon against cancer.

Two-time cancer survivor Faye Fitzwater spoke to the audience about her battle with breast cancer and opened the Luminary Ceremony which remembered hundreds of family members who have died from the disease in the two-county area.

A moving experience was the recognition of cancer survivors as they walked the stadium track. "It really puts a face on this terrible disease," said an observer. "Few families have not been touched by the lingering death caused by cancer."

Richard Welch of Calhoun and Renee Harold of Glenville, were co-chairs for the fund raising event for the American Cancer Society. Welch said Calhoun teams raised over $12,000 for cancer research. "This stadium has lots of Calhoun people tonight who have been touched by cancer," said Welch.

TOMORROW: A look behind the scenes at Relay for Life.


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