The Relay For Life of Monroe County is now looking for teams for the 2013 event to be held June 7 and 8 at Hannibal Locks and Dam. If you would like to start a team, you may contact Crystal Longwell, event chair, at 740-483-1024.
Several events have occurred and are being planned for this year, Kickoff was in October with Bras Across the Bridge, which was a huge success and is being planned as an annual event in October. Other fundraisers include the Bump, Set and Score a Cure volleyball game, Relay teams’ Longaberger Basket Bingo, and the teams are busy making plans for their individual fundraisers.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. 56 Monroe Countians have been served 159 times through the following American Cancer Society programs during the past year: Hope Lodge, I Can Cope, Look Good Feel Better, gift items or wigs, Reach to Recovery and 20 individuals received transportation assistance dollars ($1,638.00). There were 30 new cancer diagnoses reported to the American Cancer Society this past year in Monroe County.
Whether you know what you need or you’re not even sure where to start, a call to the American Cancer Society’s 24 hour, toll free information service or a visit to its Web site can be a critical step in understanding your disease and deciding how to overcome it. Involvement in Relay for Life allows the American Cancer Society to offer these services that mean so much to cancer patients, survivors, and their families. By visiting www.cancer.org or by calling 1-800-227-2345, anyone touched by cancer can quickly find information, comfort, and support.
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in communities an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length.
Relay for Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people to celebrate lives of those who have battled cancer, Remember loved ones lost to the disease, and to Fight Back because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Monroe County represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated. For more information on Relay For Life, please contact American Cancer Society staff partner Chad Gardner at 1.888.227.6446 x3210 or Chad.Gardner@cancer.org