Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society
It brings men, women and children together for an overnight gathering
of celebration and remembrance. It raises funds for the fight against
cancer, a disease that will affect one in three Americans in their lifetime,
and that will account for more than 1.3 million cases this year. What
is it? It's Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society's signature
activity, and it's happening soon in your community.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is one important way to make
a difference in the fight against cancer. This year, three million Relay
For Life participants in 4,200 local communities across the country
will raise millions of dollars to fuel the American Cancer Society's
mission. As the nationwide, community-based volunteer heath organization,
the American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a
major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing
suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient
services.So what happens when you support Relay For Life? Here are just
a cure - To date, the American Cancer Society has spent more
than $2.5 billion on research. That research has led to advances such
as the Pap test, the bone marrow transplant, and drugs such as Tamoxifen
and Gleevec, which have positively impacted and even saved the lives
of many people with cancer.
Spreading the word - Volunteers educate their neighbors
about cancer prevention and early detection; two things that save lives.
Calling for change - American Cancer Society vounteer
advocates work tirelessly with elected officials to make cancer issues
a priority. Their work has helped expand Medicare benefits for cancer
screenings and get clinical trial coverage legislation passed in 16
Lending support - For those who have been diagnosed
with cancer, knowing the facts and having the resources to get through
treatment and recovery are essential. The American Cancer Society is
available to help anytime, day or night. Last year 1.3 million people
got help by phone, and 400,000 people used the American Cancer Society's
Web site, www.cancer.org, each month.
All of this is made possible because of activities like Relay For Life.
Are you ready to get involved? It's
easy! You can put together a team or join an existing team. With our
new Relay Online website, you can do this right now by clicking on the
"Sign Up Here" link. You can make a donation to a participant
online as well. Just click on the link to "Donate Here".
If you're a survivor, you can participate in the opening ceremony and
walk alongside fellow survivors in a victory lap. To get more information
about the survivor activities at Relay For Life, please contact the
Relay volunteer or American Cancer Society staff person whose name and
e-mail are listed on the homepage.
You can also get more information about volunteering at the event by
e-mailing the Relay volunteer or staff person listed on the homepage
as well. Relay For Life is about being a community that takes up the
fight. Together we will achieve victory over cancer. Join Relay For
Life today and help us show this community the power of purple!