Saving lives faster and celebrating more birthdays is what Relay For Life is all about.
Many volunteers and residents, including local cancer survivors, are now celebrating the outcome of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Massac County that raised more than $127,000 as of Friday, for the fight against cancer.
“This community really came together in a tremendous demonstration of caring and generosity this weekend,” said Amanda King, event co-chair. “Having cancer is hard, but walking alongside survivors and caregivers provides us with such power and hope. That helped keep us focused and inspired to raise as much money as possible to help save lives faster and to walk around the clock in honor of those in our community who have been touched by cancer.”
Last year, 209 Relay For Life events were held throughout Illinois raising $16.9 million, which attracted more than 71,000 participants, according to the society.
Relay For Life of Massac County helps fund the American Cancer Society’s efforts to advance cancer prevention, treatment, patient services and cures.
This includes the society’s patient navigation services program, designed to fill a critical void in heath care and social services by acting as a full-service navigator to anyone touched by cancer.
The services provided by the American Cancer Society include transportation solutions to treatments; insurance coverage assistance; resource matching and referrals; and cosmetic help such as free wigs or head ware for patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.
The society also offers cancer information and access to support groups via its call center, accessible anytime at 800-227-2345, and at its Web site, www.IllinoisCancerHelp.org. “
We are so grateful to our sponsors and the many individuals who contributed to our Relay’s success,” said Vicki Boren, event co-chair “I am so glad that all of us, through Relay For Life, can help provide programs that help and remove some of the worries cancer patients face so that they can stay focused on getting better.”
Donations can still be made to the Massac County ACS Relay For Life by calling the American Cancer Society at 618-998-9898.
“I know that next year’s event may seem a long way off now, it’s never too early to sign up your team or to contact us if you would like to help with planning,” said Boren. “We need all the help we can get in the fight against cancer. We would love to have you join the team.”