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Teams needed to walk for the cure

by Caryn Haller

As the number of days until Relay for Life counts down, so do your chances to walk for a cure.

The 18th annual Relay for Life is Aug. 4 through 5 in Lampe Park. Teams can sign up until the day of the event.

“We can use all the help we can get to raise money and fight cancer,” event chairwoman Stacey Ziglar said. “You get a good feeling by doing your part to help find a cure.”

The 52 teams signed up have raised $30,000 of the $70,000 goal by holding rummage sales, bake sales, car washes and raffles.

“There are other ways besides hitting the street to raise money,” Ziglar said. “You can get donations from friends and family through Facebook. We have coin cans you can put out at your work.”

Donors can also visit the website, and donate directly to a team or person.

The cost to sign up a team is $50 with no limit on size.

“It all varies. You can have a team like Scolari’s that has over 50, down to a husband and wife team. Anybody of any age can participate,” Ziglar said. “Somebody from your team should be walking all night long. Last year we had someone who walked 30 miles.”

Activities in the park begin at 2 p.m., Aug. 4, 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.

“They’ll have three hours to hit up the community,” Ziglar said. “It takes a special kind of guy to get made up like a woman and go parading around town.”

The winner will be crowned Mr. Relay on the main stage later in the evening.

After the sun goes down, the survivor walk will be lead by the queen and king, the longest living cancer survivors. Prior to the walk, Ziglar’s husband will read the poem “Arms Raised High.”

Two hours into the walk, the Luminaria Ceremony begins.

“For most people I think the luminaria is the highlight. It’s a time to really honor those we have lost, and those that are still fighting cancer,” Ziglar said. “We light a candle in remembrance of them. It’s an emotional ceremony.”

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

“One of the last things we do is extinguish them,” Ziglar said. “The more bags we have, the brighter the track is.”

This year, organizers are incorporating a food drive into the event by using donated cans to hold down the bags. The cans will then be donated to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

Ziglar has participated in the relay for 10 years, and still gets emotional over how many people support the cause.

“I’ve probably walked over 100 miles in the 10 years. I’m very passionate about it. I want to find a cure,” she said. “It’s awesome we have these people that are willing to spend their time to participate, and support those who are still fighting. We don’t want to forget anybody we’ve lost.”

To sign up a team, call Casey Braun at 782-3350. For more information about the event, call Ziglar at 265-4409.