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October 19, 2013

Ray Welsh marshal for 64th Halloween parade

Haley House, 8-year-old cancer patient, event’s first honorary marshal

CUMBERLAND — This year’s South Cumberland Halloween parade will have a marshal and an honorary marshal.

Raymond W. “Ray” Welsh, longtime member of the South Cumberland Business and Civic Association, will be the parade marshal for the association’s 64th annual Halloween parade Oct. 23.

The first honorary parade marshal will be 8-year-old Haley House, a third-grader at Northeast Elementary who has been undergoing cancer treatments.

Welsh is a member of Christ United Methodist Church and the Woodmen of the World Lodge 6 since 1973.

He has been a member of United Commercial Travelers Council 179 since 1971 and in 1986 was installed as grand counselor for councils in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and the District of Columbia.  

Welsh served in the Maryland National Guard for 13 years, is a member of the Cresaptown Eagles Aerie 2883, American Legion Post 13, the Fort Hill F Club, an associate member of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 90, the Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown and a member of the C.A.R.E. Committee where he promoted the Cumberland Car Show for 35 years.

He was the announcer at the old Cumberland Speedway for 18 years and at the age of 74 still works as a scorer at the Hagerstown Speedway.

Welsh retired from Sears in 1996 and has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Barbara, for 55 years. They are the parents of three children, Scott Welsh, Donna and husband George Rose, and Terry and husband Rob Frankenberry, and have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

House was diagnosed with a brainstem tumor in January and had brain surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible.  

She has been receiving chemotherapy since February and travels to Baltimore twice a month for treatments, and also receives chemotherapy treatments at home by her parents. She works hard in occupational, physical and speech therapy and is responding well to treatments, but becomes easily fatigued.

A member of First English Baptist Church, she loves being involved in church activities.  

She is the daughter of Buddy and Jennifer House and has two brothers, Noah and Levi.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and loves animals, music, soccer, riding her bike, swimming, the beach, art, caring for her three dogs and two cats and, of course, the color green. Green is the color that is worn by her support group, known as “Holding Hands for Haley,” as well as the color of the float she will be riding on in the parade. She will be accompanied by members of her soccer team, the Comets of the LaVale Soccer League.

House is a true “Overcomer,” and is known to sing a song by this title.

 Welsh is also a cancer survivor.

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