Greencastle Relay For Life postponed due to outbreak

Shawn Hardy
Julie Stahley and her daughter Morgan Stahley, walking in memory of husband and father, Jeff, are pictured at the 25th annual Relay For Life last year. This year's Relay For Life has been postponed due to COVID-19. JOHN IRWIN/ECHO PILOT

The 26th annual Greencastle Relay For Life is being postponed due to COVID-19, but that isn't dulling the mission of the American Cancer Society, which the Relay supports.

The Relay was scheduled for May 15 and 16 on the Greencastle-Antrim School District's Kaley Field with the theme "Don't Let Cancer Dull Your Sparkle." That was the philosophy of Kim Muller, Relay for Life co-chair, who passed away from metastatic breast cancer on Aug. 17, 2019.

More than two dozen teams with about 150 participants had signed up for the Relay by mid-March and organizers were lining up new events with lots of sparkle to go with traditional activities both moving — like the survivors lap and luminaria ceremony — and fun — like the Miss Relay contest for men and paparazzi laps. This year's fundraising goal is $174,000.

Megan Barkdoll, Relay chair, and Connie Woodruff, of the American Cancer Society, announced the decision to postpone the Relay last week. New dates have not yet been scheduled.

"We are thinking of everyone in our Relay For Life family and hope you and your loved ones are doing what you can to stay healthy," Barkdoll and Woodruff wrote to participants.

"Our event leadership team is working closely with members of the community to work through details and we will continue to keep you updated," they said. "The safety of our participants, volunteers and staff always comes first. The COVID-19 situation remains uncertain and fluid. Our goal is to respond in a way that best meets the health and safety needs of those who rely on us."

Their letter said, "We know how passionate you are about our mission and want to assure you that the American Cancer Society remains available to provide information, support and guidance to patients and families 24 hours a day, seven days a week via our free helpline, 1-800-227-2345, and our website,"

"Now more than ever, we are so grateful for the passion and dedication of our millions of volunteers and supporters. Thank you for your continued support of our mission and for all you are doing to help lead the fight for a world without cancer," Barkdoll and Woodruff concluded.

For more information, email:

Connie Woodruff at:

Megan Barkdoll at: