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Relay for Life kicking off with party

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Kicking the "Big C" - cancer - are Relay for Life volunteers, from left, Carol McQuirk, Judi Sparrow, Relay for Life chair, Anne Riley and Maryon Tilley. The kick-off party is scheduled for Feb. 9 at the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe.

A kick-off party has been scheduled to inspire participation and team formation for the Relay for Life race to fight cancer. The party will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 in the gym at the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, 1100 Lyons Ave., the former Al Tahoe Elementary School.

A brief program will present local volunteers and cancer survivors. Participants will have fun, eat food, listen to live music, meet other volunteers and teams, and listen to cancer survivors for inspiration. They will become informed about the fight against cancer and learn about helping with the race, scheduled for July 22 and 23.

Teams are being formed for the overnight relay in July to raise $64,000 for the American Cancer Society’s cancer research, public education and survivor services. Team members and captains who commit at the kick-off will receive a discount on the registration fee. The kick-off committee has door prizes, raffle prizes, fun decorations and food contributed from local business to add to the party atmosphere. The two hours will be a good time for great cause.

“Each of us in the Tahoe community has been touched by cancer in some way. Through the Relay for Life and the funds it will raise, the goals of increasing survivor rates and eliminating this disease can be reached,” said Maryon Tilley, Relay for Life volunteer.

Relay for Life is for all ages, genders and families. The relay is for walkers, wheelchair-bound individuals, rockers, runners, slow folks and fast folks. The purpose of the kick-off is to inspire, inform and enthuse. People should attend the kick-off to learn more about the details of the Relay for Life at Kahle Community Park in July, to volunteer for relay committees, to register a team, enjoy free food and have a chance to win donated goodies.

For more details about the kick-off call Maryon Tilley at (775) 586-8330.

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