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Today: Relay for Life Menlo Park

Relay for Life Menlo Park, an overnight community fundraising walk, will be held in Burgess Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the closing ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

This year's event theme is "Carnival/Carnaval" to encourage family participation, according to Betty Meissner, one of the organizers.

Events include the survivor's lap, when cancer survivors take the first lap around the track, and the luminaria ceremony, when small candle-lit paper lanterns are used to honor people who have fought cancer.

Relay for Life aims to "increase community awareness to support cancer prevention, treatment, and cure," Ms. Meissner said.

Relay for Life Menlo Park is about halfway to its $77,000 goal, she noted.

Go to the event website to sign up or donate.

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