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Relay for Life Auburn is only a few weeks away on August 16th at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Each year, hundreds of participants, who will walk laps continually for 24 hours, gather at the fairgrounds to raise money to help find the cure for cancer.
But fundraising doesn’t just happen on the track. There are 32 teams registered this year, working as hard as they can to help raise funds for survivors of cancer and also finding a cure through research.
Many teams start the planning process months ahead of the event, which helps in fundraising.
Coming up on Friday August 8th at the Auburn Public Library, Garden Amphitheater, Relay team, Rehanna’s Warriors is presenting a concert with a performance by St. Ashbury from 6:00 to 8.00. There is a suggested donation of $10 to get into the event where funds will go to Relay for Life in Auburn.
All proceeds funnel through Auburn’s event and all of it goes into a general fund for American Cancer Society. For every dollar raised, 72 cents goes to research funding, cancer fighting programs around detection and early prevention, and free services for cancer patients. As of today, Auburn’s Relay teams have raised $29,000.
This Thursday, Cancer survivors are invited to this year’s free Bingo Night where survivors and caregivers can relax and forget while having a bit of fun. Doors open a 5:30 at Airport terminal building, 13630 New Airport Road. So far, 22 survivors have signed up for the event, and there is still time to register for the free bingo, raffle and appetizers. Relay participant registration is also available at the door during the bingo night for anyone wanting to sign up in advance.
Peggy Seitzinger chairperson for Relay for Life Auburn has seen firsthand what cancer can do to a family.
Watching her father, brother, uncle and father-in-law battle the disease, Seitzinger has plenty of reasons to support her fundraising efforts and dreams. “ I want all people who are touched by cancer to feel that victory. That is why I Relay and host fundraisers and hit up my friends and family for donations: I believe in the cause” Seitzinger said.
There is still plenty of time to sponsor a team, and some of the registered teams have zero percent support so far.
In the 24 hour event, there are moments of seriousness like the Luminaria and Survivor laps, but there is time for fun too. The event has live entertainment, fun games, and a kids camp. According to Seitzeinger, the Kids Camp is a great place for kids to play with games and enjoy treats.
Relay is a free event for anyone to come out and enjoy, but if you buy a bracelet or even a root beer float, all the proceeds go to the relay. Signups are available on their website or on day of the event, for the survivors it’s free.