CADIZ – Westgate Elementary students are joining in the fight against cancer by raising money and walking around the school on Friday, May 21 beginning at 1:15 p.m. The students are holding a “Mini-Relay”, which is an abbreviated version of the American Cancer Society’s national signature activity, Relay for Life.

Students have been collecting pledges/donations throughout the month of May. One of the fundraisers will be Messages to Heaven balloon release. Students can purchase a Sun in honor of a cancer survivor or Moon in memory of a loved one. The cost is $1. These will be displayed on the Relay Wall at the school. At the Mini-Relay, the students will each release a balloon with a special message in honor of their loved one.

“It’s a great opportunity for the students to make an impact in the community as well as become knowledgeable about cancer. The students feel good about themselves knowing they are doing something to help others,” said Dana Ritchie RN at Westgate and the “Mini-Relay Coordinator”. “We will be talking to students about sun safety, and the Slip, Slap, Slop and Wrap. Slip on a shirt, slap on a hat, slop on some sunscreen and wrap on sunglasses. It’s very important to educate people about cancer prevention.”

Harrison County Relay for Life will take place June 11 and 12 in Scio to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer. The money raised by the Westgate students will be donated to Relay for Life in the name of their school.

Pictured Student Hunter Stark, Ms. Linda Rusen, teacher and student Ali Pame, will be leading the mini-relay as cancer survivors.