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Call for ‘lakeside’ participation in Relay for Life Truckee-Tahoe

Danny Brolliar
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; For the past five years, the American Cancer Society has hosted their annual fundraiser Relay For Life of Truckee. The volunteer planning committee decided to change the event name to the Relay For Life of Truckee-Tahoe to encourage more participation from the and#8220;lakeside.and#8221;

Relay For Life is a grassroots fundraising event where individuals and teams in nearly 5,100 communities nationwide walk around a track for 24 hours to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and commit to fight back against the disease. The money raised through Relay For Life supports the American Cancer Societyand#8217;s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. The American Cancer Society funds life-saving cancer research, provides free programs to cancer patients in the Truckee-Tahoe area and helps promote healthier living in an effort to reduce cancer diagnoses.

This year, the Relay For Life event will be held at the Truckee High School athletic track Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. through Sunday, July 17, 9 a.m. The goal of each team is to keep at least one team member on the track at all times during the 24-hour period. Since cancer never sleeps, the event continues for 24 hours. Each team member is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100.

Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at Relay camp sites. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups and#8230; people from all walks of life aimed at furthering the American Cancer Societyand#8217;s efforts to save lives. Please consider forming a team or joining one. Businesses may also sponsor the Relay.

Each of us has been touched by cancer. The frustration of watching someone you love fight it can leave you feeling helpless. Do something proactive to see less cancer in the world. Visit http://www.relayforlife.org/TruckeeCa. Please call 530-583-2531 or e-mail Zoe Richards, zoerichards1@yahoo.com or Katie Geresy, katiegeresy@gmail.com to support this local effort.

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