Fighting Against Cancer Across The Valley

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Stepping up to stomp out cancer.

The Mid-Ohio Valley walks the walk for two of the area's Relay For Life events at City Park in Parkersburg and Civitan Park in Belpre.

Wood and Washington Counties' Relay For Life hosted their opening ceremony as walkers participated in the survivor laps Friday evening.

It's a way for everyone to honor loved ones and friends who are survivors and those that died of cancer.

Both counties are raising money to help fight cancer.

"It is a battle when you're diagnosed with cancer. There has been a lot of improvements over the years. It's been 20 years we've been doing this with the research and everything that's funded from the funds we raised," says Paul Huffman of the Wood County Relay For Life.

"I'm a 12 year survivor. So when you come here, you see people over and over, you see new people that's been diagnosed and it's kind of a comfort level because you see people who have been through the same thing you have," added Ginger McConnell.

The Wood County Relay For Life had over 1,000 participants and raised more than $200,000. Over 600 people walked against cancer for the event in Washington County and received more than $126,000.

Closing ceremonies will take place Saturday at City Park at noon.

If you would like to make a donation to the Relay For Life visit Wood County's group at or Washington County's at

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