BARH holds small ceremony to commemorate this year’s Relay for Life event

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Raleigh County’s annual Relay for Life event had to be canceled this year, but Beckley ARH still held a small ceremony on Friday in its honor.

Employees gathered outside of the hospital to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those who have lost the battle.

“That’s what we’re here for,” Oncology Clinic Manager Rocco Ryan Massey said. “And we just want to help people and do as much as we can for our patients and honor those patients that have came before us.” 

The Beckley ARH team usually has a large presence at the annual Relay for Life event but wanted to still show their support during these times as Oncologist and Hematologist Dr. Dheeraj Kodali says cancer has certainly not disappeared in the wake of COVID-19. 

“Without survivors, you know, what are we really doing this for? We need those survivors. We need those times that we can give those patients to spend with their families and Relay for Life really attests to that,” Dr. Kodali said. 

As a team, Beckley ARH raised $1,000 over their $3,000 goal this year. 

Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.