STEUBENVILLE - A look to the past and a look to the present will come into focus as supporters of the Relay for Life, sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society, set their sights on laying the groundwork for the 2014 event.
The kickoff planning meeting gets under way at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Eastern Gateway Community College in lecture hall 2100 and is open to all team captains, team members, "and, of course, anyone with an interest in starting a team," said Kyle Elder, who will return to co-chair the relay along with Jaclyn Walters.
It will be held June 20-21 at the Robert Kettlewell Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indian Creek High School in Wintersville.
"We will be discussing the 2013 relay event - what worked, what didn't and how to improve for 2014," Elder said. "We also will be deciding the 2014 theme at this evening meeting, so we are asking everyone to bring their theme ideas."
Elder said the agenda also will include information on ACS CAN, an acronym for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. It is the main advocacy program through ACS to make cancer a national priority.
Plans also will be discussed for the relay's participation in the Steubenville Christmas Parade set to begin at noon on Dec. 7.
The 2013 relay was a big success, according to Elder.
"Steubenville ended the fiscal year at $148,199, which surpassed our goal of $133,000," Elder said. The relay's fiscal year runs from August to August.
"That's a 13 percent increase from 2012," Elder said. "This could not have been possible without the dedicated people of the Ohio Valley who realize how crucial it is to fight back against this disease. We may only be able to raise a couple dollars individually, but look what happens when we come together for a common cause. We truly can make a difference just by joining forces and taking a stand to let cancer know it will not win. We will finish this fight," Elder said.
Additional planning meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at EGCC, including on Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8.