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June 10, 2012 (Valley Center) -- Bates Nut Farm hosts the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life of Valley Center” from 9:00 am June 16 – 9:00 am June 17. This overnight relay-style event raises funds to help the American Cancer society save lives. Over 15 teams have already been formed, and the members from each team will take turns walking the course over the 24 hour period. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and fundraising opportunities throughout the event, and the family-friendly environment provides a sense of community.

There are many moments that create the Relay experience.  It begins June 16 at 9:00 am with a Survivors Lap.  This inspirational time recognizes cancer survivors and their caregivers, and celebrates their victories over cancer. At 8:00 pm there will be a Luminaria ceremony to honor those touched by cancer and to remember those who lost their fight.  At 9:00 Sunday morning June 17, the event concludes with a moving closing ceremony.  Participants are not required to spend the entire 24 hour period, but with all of the fun and excitement, many have decided to camp out at Bates.

Sherrie Ness of Bates Nut Farm is the Team Captain for the “Nuts for the Cure” team made up of friends, family and the Bates Nut Farm family. “It is a great cause that benefits so many people whose lives have been touched by cancer”, she says.  “We are going to have lots of fun while raising money.”

Information about the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Valley Center is available at  and .  There are many opportunities to participate, from joining or forming a team, making a donation, or volunteering at the event.  

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