Volunteers Gear Up For Relay For Life

RELAY FOR LIFE News:

The last pre-event Relay for Life Volunteer Meeting is 6 p.m. today Large Conference Room (LCR) at Los Alamos Medical Center.

The LCR is located downstairs near the cafeteria and there will be signs providing direction to the meeting. The easiest and most convenient parking is in the back on the canyon-side of LAMC. Pizza and soft drinks will be hosted by LAMC.

 The Los Alamos Relay for Life is Friday and Saturday Aug. 21 and 22 at Ashley Pond. The event begins at 6 p.m. with an Opening Celebration Ceremony recognizing cancer survivors and their caregivers. The Hill Stompers will then lead the survivors around Ashley Pond in a celebratory victory lap. At 7p.m., Igor and the Red Elvises will take the stage.

Gillian Sutton of KRSN 1490AM has coordinated a Birdhouse Silent Auction to take place in the Relay for Life tent located near the stage. There will also be a raffle for a helicopter flight for two and lunch with the crew donated by Classic Air Medical and a second raffle for a personal tour of an LAFD Fire Station and lunch with the chief donated by the Los Alamos Fire Department.

Los Alamos Medical Center will provide art supplies so attendees can decorate paper bags to honor those they know and love during the Luminaria Remembrance Ceremony that will immediately follow the Red Elvises performance. There will also be a special Karen Mehlin Memorial Pajama Lap. Karen Mehlin was an exceptionally dedicated Relay for Life volunteer who recently lost her battle with cancer.

Games and activities will help keep walkers motivated all night long. The overnight portion of the Relay signifies the battle against cancer that never rests.  The next morning breakfast will be hosted by Los Alamos Pajarito Masonic Lodge #66. At 8 a.m., Cyndi Wells from Pet Pangea will lead a Good Morning Dog Walk, and YMCA Zumba Instructor Vera Jaramillo will be leading her Zumba class from Ashley Pond at 8:30 a.m.

The Fight Back and Closing Ceremony begin at 9:3 a.m. and all activities close at 10 a.m. Anyone wishing to participate can contact Mary Beth Maassen at 505.661.9184 or Manuel Luna at 505.262.6022. Those wishing to participate in the event can go to www.relayforlife.org/losalamosnm and register or sign up for a team.

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