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Paint the Town Purple for hope in Truckee

Amy Edgett/ Sierra Sun

Pretty soon, just about everyone will be seeing purple, or at least that is the hope of the Truckee Relay For Life committee.

Relay For Life participants are encouraging residents and businesses to and#8220;Paint the Town Purpleand#8221; Thursday, July 15. How do you participate? Display purple ribbons and other purple decor outside homes and businesses during the week and make sure to wear purple on Truckee Thursday, July 15, from 5-9 p.m.

This event is designed to promote awareness about Relay For Life, the American Cancer Societyand#8217;s largest fundraiser and to raise additional money to fight cancer. This year celebrates the 26th anniversary of Relay For Life (RFL), and Truckeeand#8217;s fourth year to have taken part in the fundraising event. During the past 26 years, more than 3.5 million people around the world have participated in RFL.

Zoe Richards, Chair for Truckee Relay For Life, is heading up the effort. She points out that, no, the committee is not actually painting anything purple, purple is the official color of Relay For Life and this yearand#8217;s theme, HOPE. The purple will come from bows, fabric, streamers and other temporary, removable purple items and#8211; whatever you can provide to show your support.

The Truckee Relay For Life event is July 17-18, at Truckee High School Track and Field. This 24-hour event is full of fun, fellowship and festivities beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Survivor Ceremony and ending the next day at 9 a.m. Sunday. People camp out and create a community fun-filled atmosphere. Itand#8217;s 24 hours full of entertainment with music, games, decorated team campsites, food galore and let us not forget the Truckee Fire Departmentand#8217;s wonderful pancake breakfast that is truly loved on Sunday morning! That doesnand#8217;t include the root beer floats, pizza, tacos, to name a few things offered day and night to keep our walkers happy donated by local businesses and team participants.

Throughout the day and night, people walk the track in honor of survivors and in memory of those who lost their fight with cancer. Walking 24 hours represents that cancer doesnand#8217;t sleep. Last yearand#8217;s Truckee Relay For Life raised more than $60,000 through donations and 850 luminarias that were purchased with the names of those that have battled cancer lit the way for the night-time walkers and 24 teams participated honoring 71 survivors.

You can still make a donation by either going online at the Truckee Relay For Life site, or mailing a donation to the American Cancer Society and#8211; RFL Truckee (please designate Truckee), 1765 Challenge Way, Suite 115, Sacramento, CA 95815. You can also contact Zoe Richards at 587-2513 for more information on participating.

Come out, show your support, and enjoy the fun everyone will have at Truckee Thursday, July 15, from 5-9 p.m. You can even bring your dogs, wearing purple of course, and on leashes, to Thursdayand#8217;s event but please note no pets are allowed at Relay on the weekend. And please remember to wear purple for hope or a Relay shirt.

Walk with us Saturday or Sunday, July 17 and 18 and encourage everyone by showing your support. Opening/Survivors Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by the day long entertainment, fun laps, Truckee High Jazz Band, Phoenix, The Deckheads and more. Donand#8217;t miss the inspirational moving Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. where those battling, surviving and lost to cancer are recognized.

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