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Relay for Life Tahoe-Truckee, because cancer never sleeps

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; This weekend marks the 5th Relay For Life in Truckee to be held July 16-17, 2011 at the Truckee High School track and field under a new name: Relay For Life of Truckee and#8211; Tahoe. This yearand#8217;s event is spearheaded by Co-Chairs Zoe Richards and Katie Geresy. A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society it is full of fun, fellowship and festivities beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Survivor Ceremony and ending 9 a.m. Sunday.

It is a community campout and 23 teams will walk the track for 24 hours. Everyone is welcome to come out at any time to register and walk. It is 24 hours full of entertainment with live music by the Deckheads and Phoenix playing prior to the Luminaria Ceremony, day-long games and decorated team campsites. There is food galore highlighted by Citizens United running the snack bar, Mountain Burrito will be serving up burritos, Java Sushiand#8217;s truck will be serving up handrolls and Sunday morningand#8217;s pancake breakfast ill be prepared by Truckeeand#8217;s very own Fire Department. Look for pizzas, Starbucks coffee and more.

Throughout the day and night, people walk the track in honor of survivors and in memory of those who have lost their battle with cancer. The walk is 24 hours because cancer doesnand#8217;t sleep. Team Mc3Deeand#8217;s Jeanne Felix signs up to walk several hours in the a.m. shift each year and claims this is the least she can do, compared to what friends and family have to endure in their battle with cancer. Last yearand#8217;s Relay For Life raised $52,000, with more than 750 luminaria bags lining and lighting the track with messages of love to celebrate and remember those battling, surviving and lost to cancer. In the four years Truckee has held a Relay For Life, more than $182,000 has been raised by the community.

Come out and show your support and walk this weekend to help celebrate our survivors and remember those lost. There will be a Survivor Ceremony right after Opening Ceremonies at 9 a.m., followed by a Survivor Lap and Caregiver Lap. At dusk, about 9 p.m. will be the Luminaria Ceremony to include another Survivor Lap, under the full moon.

Donations can be made to one of the team members, day of, online at http://www.relayforlife.org/truckeeca or by mail to the American Cancer Society, 1545 River Park Drive, Ste. 100, Sacramento, CA 95815.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com