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Relay for Life of Carson City Raises Funds and Awareness Towards Cancer

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Cancer survivors, their care givers and their family began walking at Mills Park in Carson City on Saturday for the annual Relay for Life.

Participants began the walk around 11:00 a.m. and will finish at 11:00 p.m.

The fundraiser event is designed to not only raise money for cancer programs and services but also to show awareness and support for those who've been affected by the disease.

One local woman who has been affected by cancer is Mary Hasselmann.

While she doesn’t have cancer, the disease has run in her family for a long time.

14 years ago Mary decided she would show support for her loved ones by taking part in the Relay for Life event in Massachusetts.

 She now shows that same support in Carson City where she is a care giver for her sister who has cancer, and where she continues to participate with Relay for Life.

"I walk in memory of the one's that I’ve lost and in honor of the one's that are fighting," says Hasselmann.

One of the survivors and organizers at Saturday's event was Mary Bowers.

She says these walks are held to honor not just the survivors and those who have passed, but also the care givers who at times can experience a pain just as difficult as cancer.

"You always want to make them feel better or do better and they really can't, they can just be there to support whatever way they can," says Bowers.

The goal for Carson City's Relay for Life is to raise $50,000 by August, and currently they have raised more than $30,000.

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