JACKSON COUNTY - The Relay for Life of Jackson County has raised $59,347.52 to support the American Cancer Society's mission of saving lives from cancer, leaving teams and volunteers ecstatic with the outcome of Relay For Life 2013!

"Through their hard work in preparing for the event, and by spending hours walking for the cause, Jackson County
residents certainly did their part to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays," said Anna Swisher, co- chair for the 2013 Relay For Life.

The top three individual fundraisers was Hazel Brammer, who collected $3,664.10 in donations, Rita West, who collected $1,542.33 in donations, and, Jeanette Morgan who collected $1,421.32 in donations. The top fundraising teams were Constellium Relay Team, led by Emily Tippens, which raised $11,080.00, Recycled Teenagers, led by Rita West, which raised $7,047.44 and Calvary United Methodist Church, led by Mike Wilt, which raised $5,231.78.

More than 531 people, represented by 34 teams, participated in this year's Relay event. The teams were comprised of area families, faith-based groups, businesses, clubs and many other organizations and citizens of Jackson County and surrounding areas.

"So many people in our community will face a cancer diagnosis this year," said Denise Toler, chair for the 2013 Relay for Life. "And, it's critical that we come together not only during Relay to help raise money and awareness but all year round. The American Cancer Society achieves its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. We would like to recognize and thank all who help to make Relay for Life of Jackson County 2013 possible: Constellium, Jackson County Commission Office, Jackson County Jr. Fair Grounds, 21 Country Market, Inc., Pro Hardware & Convenience Stores, Premier Bank, WesBanco, Cunningham Realty, Cheryl Donahue, Brandon's DJ & Sound Services, Jackson Newspapers, C-98 The Bull, New Adventure RV's, Jackson General Hospital, Survivor dinner by Silverspoon Catering, Survivor Cakes by Sandy Fridley, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County ATV's, Pastor Jason Stutler--Ravenswood Free Will Baptist Church, Abby Sloan, Nashville Stars, and The Zappers.
Track sign sponsors: MCM Mouldings, Hersman & Associates, PT Providers, River Valley Health & Wellness Center, Cunningham Realty, WEXCR, Court's Corner Salon, Kiddy Korner Child Care, Ripley Family Medicine, Allen Stephen's Farm Machinery, Harris & Holmes Law Office, PLLC, Vail's Furniture Since 1844, Just for You Primitives, Affectionately Yours, and P.J. Pendley.

A big thank you goes out to our hardworking 2013 Committee Members who are Denise Toler, Anna Swisher, Debbie Casto, Sarah Freeland, Brittany Selvage, Bill Williams, Chrissy Randolph, Becky Hancock, Mike Wilt, Ruth Sergent, Kathy Carmichael, Rita West, Lori Mahan, and Steve Donohew.

To learn more about Relay for Life, visit www.RelayForLife.org/jacksonwv or call 800-227-2345.
The Committee would like to encourage everyone to attend the Jackson County 2013 Relay for Life Wrap-up Meeting on Tuesday, July 30, at 6 p.m. at the Jackson County Junior Fairgrounds McDonald's Building.

We are continuing to raise money for Jackson County 2013 Relay for Life until August 31. Our next event scheduled is Relay for Life Cruise-In Fundraiser, sponsored by Tygrett Insurance Services on Saturday, August 3, from 5-8 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. To register, go to the Tygrett Insurance lot. Items for Cruise-In will be parked on the lower part of the Ripley Plaza lot. Any Relay team wishing to fund-raise will be located on the insurance lot.

Fund-raising begins for the 2014 Jackson County Relay for Life on September 14 with the 2nd Annual Jackson County Bark for Life. For more information, contact Anna Swisher at 304-531-5850.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.