Partner Spotlight: A Marathon Effort to Fight Cancer

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Relay for Life brings survivors, families and community together on the track.

Relay for Life participants walk the track at Reno High School all night and into the day on May 31/June 1 in order to raise funds for cancer research, programs and awareness.
Relay for Life participants walk the track at Reno High School all night and into the day from May 31 to June 1 in order to raise funds for cancer research, programs and awareness.

Cancer survivors possess equal parts endurance and fortitude, and these same qualities comprise the foundation of Relay for Life — the American Cancer Society’s signature event recognizing and celebrating cancer survivors. Every year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) brings together walkers from the community with cancer survivors and their families to stand together in the mission to find a cure. And because cancer never sleeps, the relay is an overnight event, and each team is asked to have a representative walking on the track at all times.

Participants will take turns walking laps around the Reno High School track at this year’s relay, which takes place May 31 through June 1. “It’s a great opportunity to honor cancer survivors,” notes Christine Wells, Director of Contact Center at Renown Health and this year’s chairman of Relay For Life Reno/Sparks. This year, 73 Renown employees on eight teams will participate in the event to show support and honor cancer survivors. The event kicks off with the opening ceremony on May 31 at 1 p.m. Survivors walk the opening lap, enjoy a free lunch and massage, and help create a special piece of art as part of this event.

Raising funds for the ACS patient programs and research is just one part of this special event. It raises funds for local patient services such as providing transportation to cancer patients for treatments and providing wigs to patients in the Look Good Feel Better program.

Create or join a team, support a walker or register as a cancer survivor on the local Relay for Life site.

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