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Rocklin celebrates 10 years of fighting against cancer

Community raises more than 475,000 with Relay for Life
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Community raises more than $750,000 through Relay for Life program Rocklin residents will gather at Granite Oaks Middle School at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in this community. Over the previous decade, Relay For Life of Rocklin has raised more than $750,000 in support of the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays, while involving more than 6,000 participants who have walked at least as many miles in support of the fight against cancer. Patty Hidalgo first participated in Relay For Life in support of a family member who had been diagnosed with cancer. In 2009 Patty was diagnosed with breast cancer and now walks as a cancer survivor with the support and encouragement of her friends and family. “I feel honored to be a part of Relay For Life,” said Hidalgo. “I have made a personal commitment to do everything I can to help create awareness about the progress against cancer and to help raise the funds necessary to continue the fight against the disease.” Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together — people from all walks of life — all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. Relay For Life began in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, took the first step of his 24-hour walk around a track in Tacoma, Wash., and raised $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. For information on how to get involved, visit www.RelayForLife.org/rocklinca or email us at rocklinrelay@gmail.com. ~ Staff report