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4~ Wednesday, May 23. 2001 Bulletin, Progres~ve,~ By AUcla Higbee fighting the battle with can- la said of the.bout with nausea Indian Valley Editor cer, as well as those'who have and other rela"t%' l side effects. Della Myers, a retired passed away after losing the Della was so sickduring the Greenville kindergarten battle, chemotherapy, she could not teacher, has recently survived She and Jim have five even look at food on televi- a battle with cancer, names for this list, names of sion. And, knowing how big a those still fighting the battle She drank milk- role the American Cancer So- in the valley, shakes that Jim made for her, ciety played in her survival, Small white bags, each deco- and she never liked root beer she decided to help with the rated with a name and lit from before. society's annual Relay for Life within by a candle, will sur- "I couldn't eat chocolate," fund-raiser, set for Saturday round the track Saturday af- Della said. "And I love choco- and Sunday, June 9-10. ter sunset, while the walk con- late." Delia's family quickly tinues into thenight. Della lost some, but not all, jumped on the bandwagon and Several Relay for Life of her hair during the treat- became the first members of posters with luminary request ment program. the Gold Diggers' Team, forms have been placed at lo- She lost her eyelashes and which is sponsored by the In- cations throughout the valley, eyebrows, and her eyes wa- dian Valley Chamber of Com- To sign up, or sponsor, a tered for months, she said. merce, team member, to become a She waves her hand again. Myers' husband, Jim, son participant in the survivors' Enough about her. Jeff Myers of Greenville, and walk, or for more information, She wants to help spread the daughter Beverly Wilson ofcall Della and Jim Myers at word about regular checkups Yerington, are all going to 284-7351. andearly detection. walk in the 24-hour relay. That is why her and her Delia's granddaughter, Shel- Hoe Personal battle family have joined the Relay by Wilson, also of Yerington, with cancer for Life fund-raiser and is still too young to walk for so Della Myers waves her formed an Indian Valley team. long, but she will be cheering hand, as ff she were erasing a Fund raising for the Ameri- the team on from the sidelines silly mistake off her old can Cancer Society's pro- of the Feather River College kindergarten chalkboard, grams and services is impor- track. Her battle with cancer wastant to Della, Jim and their Della will be among those not nearly as bad as others-- children. who will be honored in themany fought by people she They know the society funds survivors' walk during open- knows in her community, research, education about ear- mg ceremonies Saturday at 10 "The statistics are scary," ly detection and prevention, a.m. Della said, of the one out of and other programs and ser- Della and Jim have collect- two men and one out of three vices in the fight against can- ed a list of 35 other Indian Val- women who will get cancer in cer. ley survivors, so far, but they their lifetimes. Last year, the annual relay know there are more out Della was diagnosed with event for Plumas County there, colon cancer late in 1999, had raised more than $72,000. Della and her fellow team-surgery one week later, and Nationwide, all the relay mates are also collecting began a six-month bout with events combined account for names and nominal donations chemotherapy. 30 percent of the society's an- for the luminary ceremony "I wouldn't have eaten at all nual income. that honors those who are still ff it hadn't been for Jim," Del- The society funded 30 re- Cancer survivors in Plumas County are invited to celebrate life and join in the opening ceremonies of the third annual Relay for Life in Quincy at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at Feather River College. Participants are invited es- pecially to join in the first lap--the survivor's victory lap--at the beginning of the 24- hour fund-raiser for the Amer- ican Cancer Society's research division. mE The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Soroptimist International of Quincy. "We invite and encourage you to attend and to partici- pate in the first lap around the track," said Judy Neideffer, committee chairman. The Relay for Life is a 24- hour event, where participat- ing teams have raised entry fees and per-participant fund- ing. As the event unfolds, each U mB Neideffer at team is committed to having at least one participant on the track at all times. "In order to make the event a success, we need you," Neid- effer said. "As the names of the survivors are read and the: ,% ......... :~,::!::'~:~i:- Longtime kindergarten teacher Della Myers, holding granddaughter ShelbY survivor of a battle with cancer that began in late 1999. Her son, Jeff, daughter Beverly, decided to help her form an Indian Valley team for RelaY annual marathon fund-raiser set for Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, it searchers, who later went on to earn the Nobel Prize for their cancer research efforts. About 25 percent of all new investigators' cancer research is funded by the society. Besides providing several education and prevention pro- grams, the society also pro- vides transportation to treat- ments and cancer information number of years since each cancer diagnosis is an- nounced, all survivors will cir- cle the track in the honorary first lap." Each year, the presentation of those who have fought the battle and won, or are on their way to victory over the dis- ease, has been an emotionally charged time. For more information and a registration form, call Neidef- fer at 283-1 : " , to patients and their families, their 24-hour For more information about227-2345, or visit: cancer or the society, call J 4-H camp enrollment The Plumas Sierra 4-H tat on the Youth Development Program of Bucks Lake. is gearing up for its eighth an- lake provides nual 4-H summer camp at canoeing, Bucks Lake. The Plumas Sier- and water relay r ra 4-H summer camp is an op- der supervision portunity for youths to enjoy guards. the great outdoors. Camp The camp runs from July postmarked bY 11-15, and is open to all youths may be picked uP ages nine to 15 years of age. erative Extension One does not have to be a 4-H 208 Fairgrounds member in order to attend. Call The camp program consists tion or to request of recreational sports like vol- tion. leyball, horseshoes, soccer, re- Several parent lay races, canoeing and ping are needed for a. pong. There are campfire cir- camping expe cles with singing and skits, adult interested Craft activities, hiking, and youths enjoy nature studies are also avail- ing experience able. the 4-H office The camp facility is located Ron Logm ' on'70 acres of primitive habi- Come join teens from around the county for BBQ, prizes, live DJ, make your own music video, wheels of freestyle performance, washable airbrush tattoo, bungee run and fortune teller! 01 @ Busing is available from Chester, Greenville, Quincy and Portoia High Schools. You must have a sl consent torm to ride the bus an ck wl h our school office for d get in to the event. Che "t y " an information pac The All School Gather-Up is sponsored by Plumas County Public Health Agency Tobacco Use Reduction Program with Prop 99 funding