Relay for Life walks for a cure |

Relay for Life walks for a cure

by Caryn Haller
The survivor lap of Relay for Life at Lampe Park in 2013.
Shannon Litz file photo |

The 40 Douglas County Relay for Life teams are halfway to meeting their fundraising goal of $56,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The 16th annual walk is Saturday through Sunday at Lampe Park.

“It’s for a cause that affects so many people,” co-chairman Craig Ziglar said. “If you ask everyone in a room who has been affected by cancer in some way, almost everyone in the room would stand up.”

More than 200 people have signed up to walk the track throughout the night in memory and support of cancer victims.

Activities around the track begin at 1 p.m. and include belly dancing demonstrations, K-9 demonstrations, Karaoke, Zumba, a tug-of-war, light show, and controlled burn fire dancers.

“We have a lot of fun,” Ziglar said. “And it’s a good chance to meet other cancer survivors who can tell you their story, and help you feel like you can beat this disease.”

Prior to the survivor ceremony and silent lap, Gardnervile resident Caleb Meeks and Carson City resident Sara Lindsay will share their stories of hope going along with this years theme of, “I relay … making hope happen.”

At 8 p.m., the luminaria ceremony begins where everyone is invited to walk the track lined by lit luminaria bags.

“That’s probably the biggest part of relay,” Ziglar said. “It’s all about the survivors and people who have lost their lives to cancer. It’s the most emotional part.”

Luminaria bags will be sold at the event for a $5 donation.

Organizers have also incorporated a canned food drive to hold the bags down and help the community.

“Instead of using sand we figured why not use cans that can also help the community,” Ziglar said. “If we hadn’t done that last year, it would have been a big mess.”

Donation bins are at Scolari’s, Carson Valley Swim Center, JCP Enterprises, Carson Valley Groomers and R.O. Anderson.

The canned food will be donated to Backpack Buddies and the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

Children’s activities have also been increased this year to include face painting, games, Shriner clowns and a wet-and-dry bounce house.

“We want to involve not just adults, but youth as well and make it fun for them,” co-chairwoman Stacey Ziglar said.

Stacey said they are in need of Mr. Relay contestants where men dress as women and have two hours to go around the community soliciting the most donations.

“It’s quite a crack-up seeing the extent the guys go to look like women,” she said. “Last year, the guy that won wore a midriff shirt and skirt. Some of them carry purses to hold the money, others wear a bra and stuff the money in there.”

To sign up for the Mr. Relay competition, call 450-9359.

For more information or to donate to Relay for Life, visit, or call 790-3292.