Relay for Life

Carrying the banner to open the survivor's lap.

Tazewell and Russell County Relay for Life groups joined forces June 1 at the Richlands Police Department to hold the inaugural Clinch River Relay for Life. A dozen teams offered food, raffles and other items to raise money for cancer research.

Participants also took part in games, listened to music and walked the track. Hope Glows was the theme of the event and a large number of cancer survivors walked the opening lap and were joined by their caregivers for the second lap.

Amber Johnson, chairwoman of the planning committee, said the group has raised more than $18,000 toward its $30,000 goal for the year and donations were still coming in. She said they plan other activities through the summer to raise funds.

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