Survivors face the fight and inspire others, pictured above during last years Relay for Life.


By AMY GAREIS, News-Herald Staff Writer

SCIO – Survivors and supporters are heading to James Z. Scott Memorial Field next weekend to find a cure for cancer.

The annual Relay For Life of Harrison County is anticipated to draw more than 40 survivors and nine teams to Scio on June 10 and 11 for fun, fund-raising and awareness. This year’s theme is “It Takes A Community to Fight Cancer,” and event co-chairperson Marianne Custer said a cross-section of adults and youth from businesses, schools and organizations are taking part.

Custer, who shares duties this year with Lorrie Jackson, said games, music, food, auctions and, of course, plenty of walking will occur around the track during the two-day activity. Following the celebration’s theme, tents will be decorated as churches, community centers, a bank and other area sites.

“We have nine teams participating: Team Hoo Hah, Divine Inspiration from Cadiz Presbyterian Church, the Funky Monkeys, Minor Miners, New Rumley United Methodist Church, Fighting Eagles, Grandma’s Honeys, Team Scio and PNC Bank in Scio,” she said. “Each team has been holding private fund-raisers for the past few months. We’ve had candy and daffodil sales. The goal is $30,000 and is $5,000 more than we raised last year.”

Longaberger Basket Bingo and other moneymakers were also held while the relay was coordinated by Custer, Jackson and committee members Mary Lou Dennis, Ronna Orr, Lori Doane, John Jackson, Emily Jackson, Esther McCoy, Lamont McCoy, Marlene Kress, Candi Sickle and Nancy Litman-Pulka.

Festivities kick off at 4 p.m. on June 10 and the busy schedule includes a Kiddie Fun Run, games, inflatable rides, a silent auction and survivor registration at 4:30 p.m. Survivors take to the track for their ceremonial lap at 6 p.m. and other walkers will join in, while a survivor reception and “Relay Idol” are next at 6:30 p.m.

“Each of the nine teams has one person represent them and sing a song,” she explained, likening the activity to “American Idol.”

A new event this year is “Baking Toward A Cure,” a bake-off that relay participants and the public may enter. The contest also begins around 6:30 p.m. and survivors have the fun but serious duty of selecting the crème de la crème of cookies, cakes and pies. Entertainment that evening will be DJ Anthony Bailey spinning tunes and performances by Amanda’s Dance Studio at 7:30 p.m. and the Jewett-Scio Biddy Cheerleaders at 8:15 p.m.

Luminarias will be sold for $10 each in honor or memory of a loved one for the ceremony starting at dusk, while the Cadiz Presbyterian Church plans to perform a “Hands in Motion” routine. The “Fight Back” celebration occurs shortly afterwards. Custer said games and other activities are taking place throughout the night. Registration begins at 11 p.m. for a midnight cornhole tournament at a cost of $10 per person. Local vendors are providing pizza at that time, but more food is available throughout the evening with a concession stand from Baker’s Foods of Scio and Capraro’s Restaurant of Hopedale serving up Italian sausage and meatball sandwiches.

Saturday’s events start with a delicious breakfast provided by the Scio Ruritans at 7 a.m. It is open to the general public and cash donations will be taken for the meal. More events will take place until the relay closes at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Custer at 740-945-0234 or Jackson at 740-942-3924.