Fifth Annual Relay For Life of Truckee-Tahoe another success | SierraSun.com

Fifth Annual Relay For Life of Truckee-Tahoe another success

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Three Relay Soroptimist: Relay Team Captain Leslie Williams, Relay Commitee Pat Callahan and Chris Otto.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; On July 16-17, under a full moon, hundreds of people walked the track at Truckee High School for the Fifth Annual Relay For Life of Truckee-Tahoe. During this 24-hour community walk/camp out, survivors, caregivers, families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers walked and camped together to celebrate our survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with cancer.

The Celebration included 74 survivors participating, 625 luminaria bags bearing names of those touched by cancer lit the track and 23 teams came together to raise more than $52,000 for the American Cancer Society by Sunday morning’s closing ceremony.

Co-Chairs Katie Geresy and Zoe Richards encouraged the 23 teams and walkers throughout the event with inspirational speakers, singers, sole musicians, bands, food, entertainment, games and theme laps. A special thanks goes out to the talented musicians especially Tamara, Sheldon and Pete of Phoenix and The Deckheads for the sound mix/systems for the entire event in addition to headlining the music.

Dedicated committee members included Esther Walters, Chris Otto, Heidi Schneider, Pat Callahan, Don Geresy, Kevin Embertson and Carla Embertson for their endless hours during the weekend manning the stations. Thanks to the Carter family and Bailey for running the snack bar, and all of the Truckee businesses that donated and helped out throughout. Mountain Hardware and Sports, Village Pizzeria, Truckee Fire Department and Tahoe Truckee School District were Bronze sponsors. Special recognition goes to Nancy Palmer and her team and#8220;In Spiritand#8221; for participating from inception of Relay for Life Truckee-Tahoe in all five relays. Nancy has been involved with local businesses throughout the year in pre-relay events such as the Fourth of July Parade, Zano’s Annual Purple Party and Truckee River Winery Winery tastings and events. And also a special recognition to Team Mc3Dee’s five-year participation and pre-relay events such as Quartermania and their ice cream socials through the years.

Truckee-Tahoe is one of 384 Relay For Life events in California and has received two awards to date: In 2008 for Most Team Growth throughout the state. In 2010 both Truckee and Nevada County relays were recognized as one of the top 10 relays in the nation for fundraising based on the per capita income for their county.

More than 75 percent of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) dollars are dedicated to research and to support cancer patients and their families plus public education. All programs are funded from public contributions and a major portion of what is collected locally is returned locally in the form of available programs, education and services provided to Truckee residents. The ACS Look Good and#8230; Feel Better program is offered at Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, in partnership with Mane Attraction for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

The ACS Road to Recovery program will launch this fall in partnership with TNT/TMA and the Cancer Center. Volunteer drivers are currently being solicited to help drive patients to doctor appointments and life-saving treatments. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Jan Colyer at TNT/TMA 530-546-2912 or Cindy Bahl with ACS at 530-342-4567.

Did you know there is a Young Survivor Scholarship program available to college-going survivors? A Truckee resident was one of 80 students statewide to be a recipient of this scholarship for four years. To find out more about these and other services available to cancer patients and their families, please contact 1-800-227-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org.

Donations to this year’s Relay For Life of Truckee -Tahoe can still be made to one of the team members, online at http://www.relayforlife.org/truckeeca or by mail to the American Cancer Society, 1545 River Park Drive, Ste. 100, Sacramento, CA 95815. Please designate Truckee-Tahoe on your check so the money is collected for our community, if sending your check by mail.

Artistry in Wood by Tom Beebe, Captain: Carla Beebe

Bosom Buddies, Captain: Amy Upton

Chambermaids, Captain: Karen Snyder

Citizens United, Captain: Ann Carter

In Spirit, Captain: Nancy Palmer

JK Real Estate, Captain: Jennifer Boehm

Lake Tahoe Yarn Company, Knitting for Life, Captain: Kelly-Hechinger

Pam’s Chapter, Captain: Donna Morgan

Stayin’ Alive, Captain: Kelly Tierney

Super Chicas, Captain: Lydia Carrillo

Team Bentley, Captain: Teri Prado

Team Diane Haynes, Captain: Heidi Schneider

Team Geresy, Captain: Ruth Geresy

Team Imagine, Captain: Lori Barra

Team Mc3Dee, Captain: Diane McLaughlin

The Lucky Ones, Captain: Mary Ellen Costa

The Truckee Bears, Captain: Jesse Hunter

Truckee Donner Soroptimists, Captain: Leslie Williams

Truckee Noon Rotary, Captain: Ed Windham

Walking for Betsy and Others, Captain: Christine Madden

Walking in Tahoe For Lives, Captain: Nancy-Brolliar

Mountain Hardware, Captain: Julie Bedford