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Walking for a cause

Sun News Service file photoIncline Village cancer survivors Linda Larish, Marcie Johnson, Connie Ford, Linda Dawson, Carole Averkin and Susan Hayes walk around Preston Field during Relay for Life last summer in Incline Village.

Because cancer never sleeps, on Aug. 4 starting at 3 p.m., the North Shore community will gather at Preston Field in Incline Village to honor those who have been lost or touched in some way by cancer by walking through the night and burning luminaria until dawn.

The North Tahoe Relay for Life, now in its sixth year, functions as both a vigil for those who were lost and as a fundraiser to aid cancer research.

According to Event Chair and Assistant Executive Director of the Incline Village Community Hospital Foundation Ginny Moore, the relay “represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten.”

Moore says the event is also a chance for those touched by cancer to get together and remember loved ones, or find strength for their own battle.

The luminaria are bags that can be decorated to honor a loved one taken by cancer and contain a candle, which burns throughout the night to honor that person.

However, while the event does focus on remembrance, the main focus is on survivors.

The opening ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 7 with the survivor lap.

Moore said there is still plenty of time to get involved, and survivors should call her or just show up to the event.

After the survivor lap, the teams will begin their relay, during which at least one member of each team will walk throughout the night.

At 9 p.m., after the sun has gone down, all the luminaria that by then will be lining the course around Preston Field will be lit, and will burn through the night as team members walk.

“Because cancer never sleeps,” Moore said.

Moore said the entire community gets involved in the event, which is complete with a food tent and entertainment.

According to Ramona Cruz, who works for IVGID and was the Relay for Life Event Chair for the past three years, the Incline event just keeps growing each year.

And, while the event is already outgrowing the Preston Field venue, Cruz said one of the goals this year was to reach out to the entire North Shore, not just Incline Village.

The event is free to survivors, and all the money raised through entrance fees and the sale of luminaria goes to the American Cancer Society, of which some gets sent back for local cancer efforts. But according to Moore, most of the Cancer Society’s money is spent on cancer research.

With the event just around the corner, Moore said it is not too late to get involved, whether that be as a survivor, through a donation or by organizing a team.

According to Moore, with so much of the community involved, the event really is a pretty easy-going time.

“We set it up and it takes on it’s own life,” Moore said.

For more information on the North Tahoe Relay for Life, contact inny Moore at (775) 888-4204 or by e-mail at vmoore@tfhd.com

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