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Candlelighters plan Sept. 8 charity race

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and one way to honor and help young victims battling the deadly disease is by participating in the Candlelighters 5k & One Mile Race for our Kids.

Host and KLUC-FM (98.5) and Morning Zoo personality Chet Buchanan with the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada will present the event 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 8. at Exploration Park in Mountain’s Edge, a master-planned community in southwest Las Vegas.

The annual event, presented by Mountain’s Edge and Wal-Mart, raises money to support children and their families affected by cancer through the nonprofit group. Families, friends, businesses and co-workers are encouraged to participate or organize, join or donate to a team.

The 2012 ambassadors for the charity event are:

■ Maya W., 3, who has neuroblastoma, loves chicken wings and toys;

■ Tanner A., 12, who has leukemia and loves cheeseburgers, baseball and video games;

■ Clay S., 12, who has leukemia and loves soccer, cheeseburgers and more soccer; and

■ Desirae K., 20, who has soft-tissue sarcoma and loves singing, sushi and reading.

The last names of the children and young adult have been omitted upon request.

Co-host Brian Loftus, KLAS-TV 8 News Now, and Buchanan, who is the honorary chairman and a Candlelighters board member, will serve as masters of ceremonies and will provide commentary throughout the morning’s activities.

“We really have a great time at Candlelighters Race for our Kids; but at the same time, this event is for an important cause,” Buchanan said. “The emotion of the morning is pretty amazing. Some people are celebrating making it another year and fighting, and some will be remembering someone who passed away.”

Buchanan has a team for Brandon Raynor, who lost his battle with cancer when he was 10.

“If you’re not sure what team to join, join Team Brandon,” he said. “We wear T-shirts that say ‘Cancer Sux.’ Brandon wrote this message on his sister’s back, which she made into a tattoo.”

Loftus got involved with the event in 2010 after joining 8 News Now.

“I admire the families and love seeing how they come together at the event, and the aggressive and passionate way they’re fighting the disease,” he said. “The event’s amazing energy comes from them. And it’s fun to see how creative some teams are with their names, T-shirts and costumes.”

The race and walk begin and end at Exploration Park with the courses weaving through the 3,500-acre community. There will be food and refreshments; raffle prizes including a Disneyland trip for four; children’s play and art areas; a bone marrow drivel 5k Plus Boot Camp Las Vegas Obstacle Course; awards ceremony; and booth and exhibitors.

Participation costs are $25 per team member, $30 individual adults, $20 seniors 65 and older, $15 for children 3-12, $40 race day registration and free for childhood cancer survivors and children younger than 3.

For information and registration, visit www.candlelightersnv.org or call 702-737-1919. The online registration deadline is Sept. 4; mailed registrations must be postmarked by Sept. 3.

Mountain’s Edge is at 9275 S. Buffalo Drive, south of Blue Diamond Road. Exploration Park is south of the community’s entrance. Leashed pets are welcome.

Mountain’s Edge, developed by Focus Property Group, has consistently ranked among the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities by RCLCO and other leading independent real estate advisory firms.

Builders include Beazer Homes, Discovery Homes, D.R. Horton, KB Home, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pardee Homes, Pulte Homes, Richmond American Homes, Ryland Homes and William Lyon Homes.

The community also features parks, trails and open spaces. These include the new Nathaniel Jones Park and 80-acre Exploration Park with volleyball courts, picnic areas, amphitheater, playgrounds and the 2,846-foot-tall Exploration Peak.

For details, visit the community’s information center at 9275 S. Buffalo Drive, visit www.mountainsedge.com or call 702-898-5777.

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