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Relay For Life of Truckee wins National American Cancer Society Award, announces reduced team registration

Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The American Cancer Society recently announced their annual National Relay For Life award winners. The Relay For Life of Truckee, along with the Relay For Life of Nevada County were recognized for being a and#8220;Top Ten Per Capita Winnerand#8221; as determined by the per capita income by county. For Nevada County, the per capita income was $1.71 per person, landing these two Relay For Life events at number 10 in the nation for a county of their size (approximately 100,000-149,999). This is a huge accomplishment as there are more than 5,000 Relay For Life events nationwide.

More than 300 walkers participated in the fourth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Truckee on July 17-18, 2010 at Truckee High School. The event brought together 27 teams who helped honor more than 62 cancer survivors and raised nearly $60,000 for the fight against cancer.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and#8212; people from all walks of life and#8212; aimed at furthering the American Cancer Societyand#8217;s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Rotary Club of Truckee presented Truckeeand#8217;s Relay For Life with $235 in donations received from the Bud Fish Tree Lighting in December. Rotary Club then presented a matching donation in the amount of $235 to Truckeeand#8217;s Relay. An additional $80 came in afterwards for a total donation of $550. A special thank you to Robert Sutton Chairman of the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Rotary Club for these generous donations to such a worthwhile cause.

Sign up before Valentineand#8217;s Day and and#8220;Sweeten the Deal.and#8221; Team registration fees reduced from $150 to $24 ($1 for each hour of Relay) if they sign up before Valentineand#8217;s Day, Monday, Feb. 14. Contact Ruth Geresy now to sign up at 530-587-8808. Truckee Relay is excited to report 12 teams have already signed up to date.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com