Washington column for April 30

Rappahannock Relay For Life

The Rappahannock Relay For Life will be at Rappahannock County Elementary School on Saturday, May 9.

You can get a jump on the Relay For Life this weekend — on Saturday (May 2), there will be a “Boot Drive” they are calling Can Crush Cancer. All the teams will be helping with this and it will be held on 522 in Flint Hill at the intersection of Crest Hill Road from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.  Also this weekend, the Flint Hill Public House has agreed to a Dine to Donate, where a percentage of sales will be donated to the cause. When you go into the restaurant, tell the host you are there for Rappahannock Relay Dine to Donate.

Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together communities everywhere. It allows us to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue the fight. It also serves to remember loved ones who have died.

The Opening ceremonies on May 9 will be at 2 p.m with opening prayer and flag ceremony (Boy Scouts), with the National Anthem sung by Willie Shenks. Bringing everyone together for the kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress, and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.

The survivor’s ceremony is first on the program, while survivors taking the first lap, Macedonia Baptist Church Choir will perform as all cancer survivors take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer. Then the Caregivers Laps, for anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer walks a lap so they can be honored for their support. Caregivers walk this lap with the people they helped if they are also present at the event.

Jane Johnson will be the guest speaker for the Survivor reception, Narrow Path Bluegrass Band and Bobby Glasker and Friends Band will performs along with Winchester Salsa Dance Group.

There will be a Scavenger Hunt and Magic of Kevin Owens performs and much more.

Relay picnic will be at 4 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings from Culpeper will be on site for the event with their delicious wings.

At dusk, there is a luminary ceremony. Candles will be lit in honor of someone who has survived cancer or in memory of those who have lost the battle.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

A major part of the money raised goes to research. The American Cancer Society has been funding groundbreaking research that helps us understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it and discover new ways to cure it.

Relay for Life has something to offer everyone involved. Whether it is participating by walking, volunteering or donating, the main focus is to get the word out about the event and its purpose. Let’s reach for the stars, and keep on fighting this badly disease.

Hope to see you there!

Dr. Jeffries’ legacy lives on

The cool weather and the spitting sleet did not stop the Fodderstack 10K that was held on Saturday morning (April 25). This year an award was given in memory of Dr. Mervyn Jeffries, who passed away last fall. His family was on hand to give the award in his memory. His memory will shine on for years to come at the Fodderstack Race.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Darlene Moore and Jeanie McNear. They celebrated their day on Thursday, April 23. Birthday wishes also go out to one of the hollow boys, Chuck Moore of Harris Hollow. He celebrated his special day on Monday (April 27). And to Sandra Gourley, who is celebrating today  (Thursday, April 30)


Let’s remember Anne Huff in our prayers each day. She has been under the weather for a while.

Have a wonderful week.