College President Honored for Supporting American Cancer Society Relay for Life

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 20 2003

College President Honored for Supporting American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Athens, W.Va. - “Last year my best friend died of breast cancer a week before the Relay for Life here at Concord,” stated Associate Professor of Physical Education Angie Edwards. “I have a personal interest in helping those afflicted with this terrible disease.”

Dr. Edwards, who hails from Radford, Virginia, is the sponsor for the Relay for Life team that pulled off an overwhelming feat for the American Cancer Society last May. The team, under the leadership of Concord student and Princeton resident, Keith Bowling, established a modest goal of $15,000 for the first event ever held on a college campus in West Virginia. The Concord group netted $27,500 to send to the American Cancer Society, which will be used for research and advocacy for cancer awareness.

Kristie Deans, Roanoke, Virginia, and Sarah Deerfield, Huntington, West Virginia, are the co-chairs for the 2003 event. On Wednesday, November 20, the co-chairs and Dr. Edwards presented a plaque—the College/University Challenge Award 2002—to Concord President Jerry Beasley, thanking him and the College community for supporting the 2002 Relay for Life.

“We participated in last year’s event and we both thought it was an amazing cause,” stated co-chair Sarah Deerfield. “We have both lost family to cancer so we are passionate about this cause.”

“The award has my name on it but you did the work,” stated Beasley as he accepted the plaque from Dr. Edwards. “I was overwhelmed by our success last year. Our spirits were lifted and the Relay unified the College community. Many people on campus participated, and we had fun supporting a very worthy cause. The luminary ceremony was very touching, and I still remember it.”

“The 2003 Relay for Life at Concord College will be Friday, May 2, and the goal will be $45,000,” stated Dr. Edwards. “We decided to up the goal to be competitive. Last year we had 11 teams and this year there will be 22 teams.”

“The plaque we presented to Dr. Beasley is in memory of four-year-old Jonathan Powell, who was the Grand Marshal for the 2002 Relay for Life,” stated Edwards. “Sadly, little Jonathan passed away after a valiant fight with the disease. His parents are Concord graduates Tim and Melissa Powell.”

For information about the 2003 American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Concord College on Friday, May 2, contact Dr. Angie Edwards, 1-304-384-5270 or or


Photo: Angie Edwards, Jerry Beasley, Kristie Deans, Sarah Deerfield