The kick-off celebration for the 2017 Monongalia County Relay for Life will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Martin’s BBQ at Suncrest Towne Centre.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the event, either as a team captain, team member, or committee member, is invited to attend. Family member are welcome, too. Niesha Griffith, vice president of cancer services at the WVU Cancer Institute, will serve as the guest speaker.

To RSVP for the event, please send email to or The RSVP deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The Relay for Life will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, at Westwood Middle School in Morgantown. The WVU Cancer Institute will serve as a sponsor of the event, which benefits the American Cancer Society.