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Craig Relay For Life hunting for cure and more participation

Dwayne and Laura Gonzales embrace during the opening Survivors Lap of the 2014 Relay For Life of Moffat County. The couple was inspired to participate in the event following Laura's battle with colon cancer. This year, event organizers hope to sign up at least 10 teams to participate in the Aug. 7 event.

— The fight to end cancer will continue this year with the annual Relay For Life of Craig, a worldwide fundraiser organized by the American Cancer Society.

This year's theme is "Huntin' fer a cure," selected by local organizers who are also on the hunt for more teams and individuals to sign up for the event.

Set to take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Aug. 7 at Moffat County High School, funds raised will go towards scientific research as well as support programs for cancer patients.

"Cancer has affected everybody in one way or another," said Craig resident and cancer survivor Jane Brown. "It's a killer and needs to be stopped."

Brown is one of at least nine participants on five teams signed up for this year's event who have raised more than $800 so far. Participants can register individually or in teams of up to 10 people.

Last year, a total of six teams and 45 people were involved in the event, bringing in more than $1,200 for cancer research. The Craig relay has shrunk in recent years compared to the inaugural event in 2007, which raised more than $67,000, and 2008, where nearly 500 participants raised $107,000.

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Organizer Sabrina Jackman hopes to see the event grow this year over last with a goal to sign up at least 10 teams.

"This is the biggest cancer fundraising event," Jackman said. "It goes into research and millions of dollars stay right here in Colorado for researchers. It also funds programs like Look Good Feel Better that help patients and families get back on their feet and feel better."

Look Good Feel Better connects women who are going through cancer treatments with licensed cosmetologists who teach them how to do their makeup and wigs to help them feel better as they go through treatments.

Another program, Road to Recovery, enlists volunteer drivers to take cancer patients to and from treatments.

The relay kicks off with a celebration of survivors during the survivors' lap and offers participants opportunities for fun throughout the evening with games, entertainment and a DJ playing tunes to keep walkers motivated. After nightfall, the Luminaria ceremony quiets the mood as participants light a candle or place a light in a paper bag to remember lost loved ones in.

"I have one lady I work with and she uses the same luminaria every year with her father-in-law's picture on it," Brown said. "It's really powerful."

For more information, visit the Relay For Life of Craig website online or contact Sabrina Jackman at Sabrina.jackman@cancer.org or at 970-254-5587.

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