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May 29, 2013
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Truckee poker run to help local cancer survivor

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee’s own Friendly Mountain Motorcycle Club, CREW M.C., will throw a cancer benefit Poker Run, Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with raffle and cash prizes and a Mexican lunch at El Toro Bravo for Lynn Emley. Lynn has supported the CREW M.C. for many years and now the CREW M.C. is giving back to Lynn, affectionately known as “Crewton Valley Girl.”

Lynn and her late husband Rick settled in the Truckee area after purchasing the old Donner Lake Motel in 1979. Soon after, they opened the old Donner Lake Kitchen, a popular breakfast and lunch café. Lynn’s sister, Marilyn and nephew, Dwayne joined the business venture.

Rick died in 1988 as a result of a tragic accident at their home while working on his latest project — a recently purchased used Dodge Travel Van. After that devastating experience, Lynn sold the Donner Lake Kitchen one year later, stating, “It just wasn’t fun any longer.”

She remained in Truckee, raising her much-loved sons Kevin and Ralph while working at Donner Lake Realty for close friends Charlie and Diane White, and later for Dr. Tirdel and Tahoe Forest Hospital. After Kevin graduated from high school, he enlisted in Naval Aviation following his grandfather’s footsteps. He flew missions in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East and is currently serving as flight engineer instructor for U.S. Navy P-3 Orion Aircraft.

Ralph is pursuing further education and has since married Samantha, giving Lynn her first grandchild, Aydon, now 2 years old, and the light in her eyes.

The quest for employment sent Lynn to Reno, but she managed to shatter her right ankle and wasn’t able to do event part-time work for several months when she tried a pet store, where she could show her love for small pets and puppies. She later added a second part-time job at Gymnastics Nevada in Sparks, Nev., the home of Olympic Gold Medalist Jake Dalton.

In 2011, Lynn was diagnosed with both advanced stage 3 breast cancer and thyroid cancer. She has since undergone four major surgeries, aggressive chemotherapy and radiation, and rehabilitation therapy for various side effects and lymphedema.

Today, Lynn feels that she is doing great and continues treatment.

Many helping hands

She said she has been blessed by “too many helping hands to name,” and is so very grateful to God, family, friends, and strangers explaining that cancer is “no joy ride or cheap date, but I’ve managed to return to full-time work at the gym.”

Now a “cancer survivor” with her dog Olive at her side, it is still an ongoing battle with the need for helpful, but costly medications.

The CREW M.C. has already managed to get Dr. Jack Sutton, opthamologist and member of another Reno Motorcycle Club, to donate much needed glasses for “Valley Girl.”

Sign-ins for the Poker Run will start at 10 a.m. at El Toro Bravo for a short 40-mile ride around the North Lake Loop, leaving from El Toro Bravo with poker stops at Squaw Valley’s Cornice Cantina, Tahoe City’s Pete ‘N Peters, Kings Beach’s Mountain Moís Bar & Grill at the Brockway Golf Course, and Truckee’s Pastime Club where you can see the CREW M.C.’s own Harley Panhead Motorcycle above the bar.

You will then return to El Toro Bravo for your fifth and final poker card to complete your poker hand. Winning prize is a three-day, two-night trip to Las Vegas. There will also be raffle and cash prizes.

Valley Girl and CREW M.C. wish to express their sincere thanks to all local Truckee and Reno sponsors, with a special shout-out to Moms on the Run’s “Ride for the Ta-Tas,” who greatly assisted Lynn throughout her hospital stays when she wasn’t able to earn money for food or rent. Thanks to all of you.

Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to ride to join in the fun, win prizes, and have a great day.

See you there, please be safe and watch out for bikes!


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated May 30, 2013 08:59PM Published May 29, 2013 07:08PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.