Gloucester, Mathews to fight back against cancer on May 19

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on May 09, 2012 - 04:55 PM

Photo: The Relay for Life is being held on the same day in Gloucester and Mathews counties this year, and organizers are busy finalizing plans for the May 19 events. In photo at left, Sandra Jackson-Lewis, left, and Melissa Edwards of the Gloucester Relay are “Waging a War on Cancer,” while Katie Dutton of the Mathews Relay is taking her teams to “MargaRELAYville,” with camps decorated à la Jimmy Buffett. Photos by Sherry Hamilton

The Relay for Life is being held on the same day in Gloucester and Mathews counties this year, and organizers are busy finalizing plans for the May 19 events. In photo at left, Sandra Jackson-Lewis, left, and Melissa Edwards of the Gloucester Relay are “Waging a War on Cancer,” while Katie Dutton of the Mathews Relay is taking her teams to “MargaRELAYville,” with camps decorated à la Jimmy Buffett. Photos by Sherry Hamilton

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is making a splash locally on Saturday, May 19, with the annual event being held on the same day in both Gloucester and Mathews counties. 

The Mathews Relay will be an all-day event at Mathews High School, beginning with a flag-raising ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and concluding with a Chinese lantern ceremony at 9:30 p.m. 

The Gloucester Relay, to be held at Gloucester High School, will be an all-nighter, beginning at 5 p.m. with a martial arts warm-up by Jerry Lemon and ending at 6 a.m. Sunday with the closing ceremony, "Fight Back."

Mathews Relay

Katie Dutton, organizer for the Mathews Relay, said her committee has a lot in store for cancer survivors, their friends and families, and members of the Mathews community. Music will be provided by DJs Tommy Eriksen and Edwina Casey; the one-man band, Brent Small; and the Ebenezer Church Men’s Choir.