Walk of re­mem­brance

Re­lay For Life cel­e­brates 20th year

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

ELKTON

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

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