Louise Jargowsky lost her daughter Karen to Leukemia when the girl was 18 years old back in 1998. Karen was diagnosed at age 17. Since that horrific loss, Jargowsky has walked in all 11 Botetourt Relay for Life events. Even with the deadline rapidly approaching she stopped long enough to meet at Mill Mountain Coffee to talk about this year’s event. She has walked and worked the event in the heat, in the rain and the cold and no doubt about it, she is a dedicated volunteer.
This year there are 25 teams and over 600 participants at the Carnival Grounds in Buchanan also known as the Town Park. “Don’t think you can’t come at the last minute. Just come to the registration table and sign up and make the $10 donation. The goal this year is $98,000. So far they have raised about $49,000 she said.
“We will be honoring Cecil Hoyt this year,” she said. Hoyt was a longtime school employee at Troutville Elementary School, a soccer coach, rec department assistant and all round friend to all. He passed away this past fall of cancer of the colon. His son, Cecil will bring his band Austin Creek to perform along with Blackwater, and Bluegrass Trail. The Rebels of Rhythm a clogging group are scheduled to perform as well.
Food will be available at the stands operated by the Buchanan Fire Department as well as offerings by the various groups who are participating.
The event begins at 7 p.m. with the Survivor’s Walk with Michelle Johnson who is a recent survivor as the special guest and continues until morning. The luminarias available for purchase are lit in a special ceremony at dusk. Carolyn Hoyt will speak at that event.