Superheroes fight cancer

A large crowd gathered Friday at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center epitomized the theme of this year’s fundraiser, according to organizers and this year’s honorary co-chairs.


ABOVE: Kandy Jacobs speaks Friday to a crowd gathered for Logan County Relay for Life at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, as her daughter, Britanna, holds her notes, and son, Breshon, looks on. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Logan County Relay for Life kicks off Friday at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center with an opening lap dedicated to cancer survivors. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

The slogan for the 2014 Relay for Life is, “We can all be heroes,” and while the brave efforts of honorary co-chairs Kandy Jacobs and Ed Wallace seem heroic by themselves, the real superheroes are the survivors’ respective support systems, the speakers said.

Mrs. Jacobs and Mr. Wallace singled out their friends and family for their unfailing support during their respective bouts with cancer, which were detailed earlier this week in the Examiner.

Gene Phelps, pastor of Rushsylvania United Methodist Church, offered a blessing ahead of Friday’s opening lap. He prayed that those gathered might one day realize and end to cancer in all its forms, but encouraged them in the meantime to stay in the present and keep the faith.

Organizers reported that Logan County schools combined to generate about $70,000 from their individual mini Relay for Life campaigns.

Over half of that total was raised by Benjamin Logan Schools, which presented Relay for Life organizers with a check Friday for $40,000.

Since the first local Relay for Life in 1998, the event has combined to raise over $2 million locally.