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Mammovan on display for Relay for Life

Staff reports

The Mammovan for Nevada will be on display at the Douglas County Relay for Life this weekend at Ranchos Aspen Park.

The event is billed as a “Celebration of Life” and is a team effort to raise funds for cancer research. Six teams are signed up for the relay, set for Saturday and Sunday.

Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen will speak as he did last year, and Ann Proffitt will give a breast cancer survivor talk. Other speakers will be on hand at the opening ceremonies at 3 p.m.

The Mammovan will be present during the ceremonies, and residents are invited to learn just what services the van has to offer.

A room for two in Phoenix at the Pointe Hilton with airfare from America West Airlines will be given away in a raffle. Tickets are $10. Many other prizes will be offered with tickets selling for $1 or six for $5.

The relay will be held after the ceremonies until 8 a.m. on Sunday. The teams of eight to 15 people from nearby corporations, civic groups, schools and families will take turns on the track while others enjoy activities that raise funds for research, education, advocacy and public service programs of the American Cancer Society, according to Susan Sanford, president of the Douglas County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

The Mammovan is in northern Nevada from July through December. It is stationed in Las Vegas the first half of the year, according to Sanford. The van offers mammograms, given by a certified technologist; Pap smears, clinical breast exams and diagnostic testing by a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner; and a receptionist that coordinates appointments, referrals and billing.

The van also offers screening services for diabetes, prostate cancer, hypertension, colo-rectal cancer cholesterol and lipid testing. Well-children visits and health education are also offered.

The Mammovan is a service of the Nevada Rural Health Centers, developed with a grant secured by former Congressman John Ensign. Honorary co-chair is First Lady Dema Guinn.

Relay for Life remembers the survivors of cancer as well as those lost to it, Sanford says, so survivors and their families may join the event by walking the survivors’ lap at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Cancer survivors are also invited to stay for the luminaria candle-lighting ceremony at 9 p.m. During this walk, survivors and those who lost the fight against cancer will be honored.

For information, to join a team or to buy raffle tickets (which may also be purchased at the event), call Sanford at 267-4308.