A group of cancer survivors walk the survivor lap during last year’s Relay for Life at the Moffat County High School track. This year’s event is scheduled for July 15 and 16 at MCHS.

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A group of cancer survivors walk the survivor lap during last year’s Relay for Life at the Moffat County High School track. This year’s event is scheduled for July 15 and 16 at MCHS.

Yampa Valley Relay for Life seeking funds, participants

The 2011 Yampa Valley Relay for Life is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. July 15 at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The event ends at 9 a.m. July 16.

Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. There is a $10 fee for individuals or a $150 fee for teams. For more information, visit www.craigrelayforlife.com or call Ryan Rowley at 620-2191.

If you go …

What: Relay for Life fundraising dance

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7

— The Rockstars team is hosting the event, which costs $5 per person, and includes music, games and food. For more information, call 629-0108.

Craig resident Ryan Rowley said there’s a simple reason why the annual Relay for Life fundraiser lasts overnight.

“Cancer doesn’t sleep,” Rowley said.

Rowley took over last month as chairman of Yampa Valley Relay for Life, formerly the Craig Relay for Life. The event, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, is scheduled for July 15 and 16 at the Moffat County High School track.

Rowley said the event is “a little bit behind” in terms of participants.

More than 50 people have signed up as part of 13 teams so far, he said, down from last year’s 20 teams.

Relay for Life lasts for about 15 hours. Each team makes it a goal to have someone on the track at all times.

There is a $10 fee for individuals to participate or a $150 fee for teams.

Participants who raise $100 or more for the event receive a free T-shirt, Rowley said.

Anyone interested in participating can register online at www.craigrelayforlife.com, or by contacting Rowley at 620-2191.

With three months until the event, Rowley said teams have started to raise money through various ways.

Organizers established a $40,000 fundraising goal this year, and $5,000 has already been raised toward that end. Last year, the event raised $33,400.

One team, the Rockstars, is hosting a dance at 8 p.m. Friday at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Admission is $5 per person.

Other teams are hosting events such as bake sales, and are sending out letters and emails to help raise financial support.

Missy Detzner, Yampa Valley Relay for Life publicity chairwoman, said there is a list of fundraisers on the event’s website.

The event’s traditional illuminated bags, also known as luminaria, are also being sold to raise money. The illuminated bags are placed along the track during the race and can be purchased for $10 on the race’s website. The bags can be customized with the name of a cancer victim or survivor.

Rowley said a goal of this year’s race is to attract more participants from outside Craig, hence the name change to Yampa Valley Relay for Life.

“I think there’s times that Hayden, for example, feels like they’re between us and Steamboat and they get, not necessarily forgotten about, but they’re in limbo,” he said. “I don’t know that anyone’s ever reached out and said, ‘Hey, come over here and join us.’”

He acknowledged that Hayden residents have participated in the event previously, but said incorporating the area through things like a kickoff event specifically for Hayden has gotten several teams from the town to join.

Rowley said that while money raised through the event goes to the American Cancer Society, a national organization, it nonetheless helps people everywhere, including the Yampa Valley.

“It definitely does come back to the community,” he said.

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Comments

onewhocares 3 years ago

What a beautiful thing for the people to participate in this event, but sadly until we address what is causing all the cancer in our lives (pesticides in our food, chemicals from our industries, the uranium pile in Lay & on & on) we are only going to see more and more cancer & lose more & more of our loved ones.

I have all ready lost multiple friends & family members to cancer & I don't see it getting any better but I sure admire the determination of those with it to fight, beat it and live !

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