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Truckee Thursdays: Relay for Life to Paint the Town Purple

Courtesy Cheryl Hogan Photography

Relay For Life participants are encouraging residents and businesses to and#8220;Paint the Town Purpleand#8221; Thursday, Aug. 6. 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, Aug. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m.

This event is designed to promote awareness about Relay For Life, which is the American Cancer Societyand#8217;s largest fundraiser, and to raise additional money to fight cancer.

This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of Relay For Life, and Truckeeand#8217;s third year to have participated in the fundraising event.

During the past 25 years, 3.5 million people around the world have participated in RFL.

Ruth Geresy, Chair for Truckee Relay For Life, is heading up the effort. She points out that, no, the committee is not actually painting anything purple and#8212; purple is the official color of Relay For Life and this yearand#8217;s theme, and#8220;hope.and#8221;

The purple will come from bows, fabric, streamers and other temporary, removable purple items and#8212; whatever you can provide to show your support.

The actual Truckee Relay For Life event was July 18-19, at Truckee High School Track and Field. The all-night event was full of fun, fellowship and festivities. People camped out and created a community atmosphere. It was entertaining with music, games, decorated team campsites and food galore with the pulled pork sandwiches at lunch and spaghetti dinner fundraisers. Let us not forget the Truckee Fire Departmentand#8217;s wonderful pancake breakfast that we truly love on Sunday morning.

And the root beer floats, pizza, tacos, quesadillas, smores and slushes, to name a few things donated by local businesses and team participants to keep the walkers going.

Throughout the day and night, people walked 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. This yearand#8217;s Truckee Relay For Life has raised $58,000 so far through donations and luminaria that were purchased to light the way for the night-time walkers. Our goal is $60,000.

You can still make a donation by 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. Or contact Ruth Geresy at 587-8808 ( or Esther Walters at 587-4868 ( and they will make arrangements to pick up your donation.

Come out, show your support, and enjoy the fun everyone will have at Truckee Thursday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. You can even bring your dogs, wearing purple and on leashes to this event! And please remember to wear purple for hope.

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