Bethany College to Host Sixth Annual Relay for Life

 BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College and the American Cancer Society announce the 2009 Bethany College Relay for Life to be held Nov. 7. The event — designed to celebrate cancer survival, remember those who have lost their lives to the disease, and raise money for cancer education and research — will run from noon to midnight at the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center.

This year’s relay, spearheaded by Bethany’s junior class Kalon Scholarship recipients, will run through the College’s final home football game of the season and will feature a Survivor’s Lap and Luminaria Ceremony, as well as vocal performances by David Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music.

First-year student and Kalon Scholarship recipient Corey Mays of Urbana, Ohio, will introduce the Survivor’s Lap, which will be held during halftime of the football game. All cancer survivors present will be invited to walk. A raffle will also be held during the game, and all attendees are welcome to participate to help support the fight against cancer.

Jim Forbes, Lecturer in Communication and faculty adviser for BethCom TV-14 and Managing Editor/Anchor for WTRF-TV and Fox Ohio Valley, will speak at the Luminaria Ceremony to be held at 8 p.m. Luminaries will be lit and placed around the track in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their battle with the disease. They will burn throughout the night as a visual reminder to participants and supporters.

Other featured event speakers include Bethany College President Scott D. Miller; Carol Tyler, Director of Health Services; and the Rev. Scott Thayer, Chaplain of Bethany College and Pastor of Bethany Memorial Church.

Set-up for teams and campsites will begin at 10 a.m. A dinner for participants will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Other activities — including a cornhole tournament and punt, pass and kick competition — will be available for walkers throughout the event. 

The Bethany College Student Activities Council and Student Government Association, as well as the Bethany Memorial Church, are serving as Gold Level Sponsors for the relay. Chartwells is also providing generous support.

Students, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to participate by joining or starting a team. Lap sponsorships are available for $20. Contact the Office of Student Life at 304.829.7631 for more information.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.