Relay for Life begins Saturday |

Relay for Life begins Saturday

by Caryn Haller

When Stacey Ziglar participated in her first Relay for Life 10 years ago, she had no idea what to expect.

That experience prompted her to become more involved each year, eventually becoming event chairwoman.

“It was just amazing. I didn’t know anything about it,” she said about the first walk. “The first few years I walked for hours. I’m very passionate about it. I want to find a cure to get rid of it (cancer).”

The 18th annual Relay for Life is Saturday through Sunday in Lampe Park. Teams can sign up until the day of the event. The cost to sign up a team is $50 with no limit on size.

“One year we had a young boy that recycled cans,” Ziglar said, “and all the money he raised he gave to Relay for Life.”

As of Monday, the 274 participants have raised $40,068 for the American Cancer Society.

Although the money is sent to the Reno office for cancer research, Ziglar said some of the money does get returned to the community through gas cards, wigs, college scholarships and the Look Good, Feel Better program that provides free makeovers for cancer patients.

Relay for Life is free and open to the public to come and support the walkers.

Activities in the park begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and continue all night around the track.

There will be demonstrations by Right of Passage and Appoggio, scavenger hunts, music, controlled burn fire dancers and Karaoke.

New this year is the Mr. Relay contest where men dress up like beauty queens and solicit the community for the most donations.

A table will be set up to purchase and decorate the luminaria bags that will stay lit around the track all night.

People interested in donating to a team or individual can visit the website,

To sign up a team, call Casey Braun at 782-3350. For more information about the event, call Ziglar at 790-3292.