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Food, entertainment to accompany fight against cancer at Oct. 3 Relay for Life

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com
At night, these bags will glow as a tribute to those who have been affected by cancer.
Courtesy Brendan Donovan |

If you go

What: Relay for Life of Incline Village

Where: Preston Field at 700 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village

When: 9 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 3

Online: relayforlife.org/inclinevillagenv

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Honoring those fighting, remembering those who have lost their battle and celebrating those who have prevailed — all while having a good time.

That’s how Brendan O’Donovan, chairman for the 2015 Relay for Life of Incline Village, described the annual cancer fundraising event that’s set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight at Preston Field.

This year’s event will feature a traditional Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m., along with pizza from Bar Bar Bar and Rookies from noon to 1:30 p.m. and again around 8 p.m., and a complete lasagna dinner provided by Sunshine Deli from 5 to 6 p.m.

The lasagna dinner will be $10 for everyone. Breakfast will cost the same for adults, with children eating for either $5 or free, depending on their age. As for pizza, each slice will cost $2.

Cancer survivors are the exception, as they will eat for free. A portion of food proceeds will go toward the fundraising effort, O’Donovan said.

In addition, a variety of entertainment will be provided, including musical performances by Wild Blue Band, Brad Perry, 6PAC and Jacked Up; hypnotist Dan Kim; and clowns Doc-O and Squeeky for children.

“For an event such as this, your target audience is really the entire community because I don’t know many people who haven’t been touched in some way by the evil that is cancer,” O’Donovan said. “When you know your target community is basically the whole community, you want to make sure you have at any given time of the day enough entertainment.”

‘FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS’

As of Wednesday, seven teams and 30 participants had registered for this year’s Incline’s Relay for Life, according to the American Cancer Society.

People can sign up on the day of the event, with the past two years garnering roughly 2,000 participants, O’Donovan said.

The non-overnight event — last year it held from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Aug. 8-9 — and the food and entertainment offerings are hoped to attract greater community participation this year, he confirmed.

“Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves,” said Lucy Roman, Incline Village volunteer Relay For Life publicity chair. “Their involvement gives us hope that, together, we can finish the fight against cancer. Each new team that registers brings us that much closer.”

Relay for Life mainstays will begin in the evening, with the survivor lap at 6 p.m. to be followed by the caregiver lap, before the track opens for all participants to either walk or run.

Each Relay team is asked to have at least one member on the track at any given time, since cancer never sleeps.

The luminaria ceremony will start sometime after sunset, O’Donovan said, to honor those who have lost their battle with cancer, who have fought cancer and who continue to fight cancer.

“In a community like this everybody is usually connected on some level whether it’s their kids are in school together, they go to the same church (or) they are a member of the Rotary,” O’Donovan said, an Incline Village resident. “ … So when you hear about somebody having the diagnosis or even passing away … it makes the experience more personal for the individual in the community.”

THIRTY YEARS OF RELAY

Incline Village is one of more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries that host Relay for Life, which is celebrating 30 years this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash., raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease.

Since, Relay has grown into the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer, tallying nearly $5 billion.

All dollars raised through relays go toward funding cancer research, services for those with cancer, advocacy, and education and prevention efforts.

The fundraising goal for this year’s Incline event is $35,000, O’Donovan said, with $7,313.33 raised as of Wednesday morning, according to ACS.

Donations are still being accepted and can either be made online at relayforlife.org/inclinevillagenv or at the Oct. 3 event, O’Donovan said.

“Donate your time, donate your effort, or donate your money, but least of all donate something,” he said. “Cancer never rests, so neither should we.”

For additional information about Relay for Life of Incline Village or questions, contact O’Donovan at 323-490-3281.