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Kootenai County Relay for Life is May 21-22

| April 21, 2010 9:00 PM

The Kootenai County Relay for Life is May 21-22 at the Greyhound Park and Event Center.

The 18-hour event starts at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at noon Saturday.

Johna Nelson, publicity co-chair, said that so far, they have 49 teams and 420 people registered. Last year's relay raised about $93,000.

Nelson is hoping at least another 11 teams sign up.

"Relay For Life is important to me because I've seen the effects cancer has had on friends and family," she wrote.

In 1998, her friend Dawn, just 20 years old at the time, was diagnosed with leukemia.

After a two-year battle, two relapses, several weeks of chemotherapy and radiation and a bone marrow transplant, she is a nine-year survivor.

"Since then, I have known many other people who have been diagnosed and until we find a cure, I will continue to celebrate, remember and fight back," she wrote.

Relay for Life fundraisers coming up include:

• Relay For Life team Servatron Warriors will be having a car wash from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at the Trading Co. Store in Post Falls.

• Relay For Life team MediServe will be having a yard sale starting at noon Friday, April 30 and starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 1 in their parking lot behind the Olive Garden.

• Relay For Life team Backwoods Views is having a raffle for a 2010 Yamaha Grizzly 450 ATV. Tickets are $10; only 1,000 will be sold. Drawing will be held at the Relay For Life event. For tickets, please call Chris Macklin at (208) 777-9628 or chris@backwoodsviews.com. n Relay For Life team Inland Northwest Bank - Banking on a Cure will be hosting a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24 in their parking lot on Seltice Way in Post Falls. Rummage sale donations can be dropped off the week before. Information, contact Carmen Jacobs, 777-0887

• Relay For Life team Potlatch FCU will be hosting a car wash on Saturday, April 24 and Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are also selling "cancer bears" for $7 each. Information: Jeff Tucker at (208) 746-8900 Ext. 2612 or jtucker@plfcu.com

• Buck Knives Relay For Life team is selling small purple keychain knives for $25 each. Each knife is engraved with 'Celebrating Birthdays' and "Relay For Life 2010." Information: Becky Clemens at bclemens@buckknives.com or Lori at ljensen@buckknives.com

Teams and Individuals can still get involved in Relay for Life.

Information: Suzanna Spencer, (208) 277-7856, sspencer@inb.com or www.relayforlife.org/coeurdaleneid

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