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The American Cancer Society

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the fourth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Truckee gets underway. Teams of residents will gather at Truckee High School on July 17 at 9 a.m.

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, faith-based groups: People from all walks of life, all 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.

and#8220;Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those weand#8217;ve lost, and fight back against the disease,and#8221; said Zoe Richards, volunteer event chair. and#8220;Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Truckee is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Societyand#8217;s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,and#8221; Ruth Geresy, team development chair added.



Funds raised at Relay For Life of Truckee are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community. Last year, our community came together and raised over $64,000 to fund the American Cancer Societyand#8217;s life saving efforts.

Relay For Lifeand#8217;s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the communityand#8217;s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for a suggested donation of $10 the day of the event or visit http://www.relayforlife.org/truckeeca.



Also a part of Truckeeand#8217;s Relay For Life event is the and#8220;Fight Backand#8221; Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthily, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, they fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. They save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nationand#8217;s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, they turn what they know about cancer into what they do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about the American Cancer Society or to get help, call anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

and#8212; Submitted to the Sun via e-mail to aedgett@ sierrasun.com


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