Walk of remembrance
Relay For Life celebrates 20th year
— There were tears as Donna Ellis finished the survivors’ lap, signaling the official start of the Cecil County Relay For Life.
The 20th such fundraiser for the American Cancer Society was held Friday night at Elkton High
School. Ellis is now five years free of the dreaded disease, which took the life of her husband in October.
“He was diagnosed June 14 and he passed away Oct. 17,” she said as she dabbed at her eyes and hugged friends who cheered her along as she walked.
Werner “Homer” Ellis died from bile duct cancer. Donna Ellis had stage 3 ovarian cancer.
“I’m very emotional,” she
“This is not the first time there’s been a bear in the area, but it’s rare,” he said.
In August 2012, the carcass of a female bear was found on the dead end of Frenchtown Road near Elkton. How the animal got there was never determined.
March 2014 brought Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials to Chesapeake City to investi-
gate a sighting along Mt. Nebo Road.
Ten years earlier, a bear was rummaging through Camp Conowingo. Wildlife officials captured the animal on the Girl Scout property and relocated it to Western Maryland. Because it continued to wander, the bear was eventually euthanized.
Donna Ellis was in tears by the end of the survivors’ lap at the Cecil County Relay For Life at Elkton High School Friday night.