BEAVER SPRINGS — Ange Keiser, chairperson of the 2013 Midd-West Relay event summed up her thoughts, "I am thrilled with the outcome of the ninth annual Midd-West Relay For Life. At the start of the Relay we were about halfway towards our goal of $43,200 and when the relay ended we closed at $39,800, and money continues to come in. We worked hard, accomplished a lot, and we should be proud of ourselves because together we are making a difference.
"I was also really happy with the entertainment we had this year. Many of the musicians were ‘local talent’, but we also had entertainers who traveled from Lock Haven, Halifax, Milton and Selinsgrove. I want to thank everyone for making the 2013 Midd-West Relay For Life a huge success and I hope to see you all next year," she said.
The "Planting Seeds of Hope to Grow a Cure for Tomorrow" themed event attracted 15 teams in support of the cause. The event was held the weekend of June 14-15 at the Beaver Fairgrounds in Beaver Springs.
Darlene Steffen, of Middleburg, had her hair cut during the Relay For Life event by Jennifer Hockenberry. She donated 15 inches to the Locks of Love Foundation. She also had a personal reason for choosing to donate during the Relay event.
"I am a cancer survivor. My husband has been a lung cancer survivor for a couple of months now. I am doing this for everyone who has been affected by cancer," she said.
Marsha Duman, executive director at Empire Beauty School and one of the stylists, was moved as well.
"This is an amazing event. It is a proud moment that we have a chance to give back," she said.
"I just love my haircut" Ed Kline said. He and his wife Sue have been attending the event since 2008. This year is more personal than ever.