Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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April 13, 2010

Relay set for April 30

JACKSONVILLE — The Cherokee County Relay For Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society is set for April 30 beginning at 7 p.m. at  Mauldin Field, located at Jacksonville High School, 1602 Mason Dr.

All money raised for the 24-hour event, in which teams keep at least one member walking on the track for the entire 24 hours, benefit the services of the ACS — services invaluable to cancer patients and their families, said Cynthia Kline, member of the local ACS district.

“Funding from the ACS may one day go to a cancer patient who needs transportation to a doctor’s visit, which was what it was used for more than 2,000 times during 2009,” Kline said. “The next day, it could help a cancer patient who is feeling down by giving them a ‘look good, feel better’ makeover just because they deserve it, as we did 59 times this past year.”

She said the ACS does many more things to help the community with the funds that they raise, such as buying wigs for patients who loose their hair  — last year alone approximatly 530 wigs were donated free of charge to patients by the ACS.

According to Kline, the ACS is a non-profit organization that keeps its administrative costs  down to just 3 percent of its annual  budget. 

Also, the ACS funds go towards scholarships, gifts, drivers for patients, personal health managers, support groups and many other things. 

According to Kline, during the 2009 year, the ACS served more than 8,800 patients and families in some way.

One of the focuses that the ACS stands firm behind is education, according to the ACS Web site.

“Knowing the facts about cancer can save lives,” The Web site states. “What you eat and drink, how you live, where you work... all these factors can affect your risk for cancer.”

The group’s mission statement tells why the ACS and Relay for Life are so very dominant in many communities around the United States.

According to the ACS Web site, “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.”

Kline said in addition to all of the wonderful work the national organization does, the Cherokee County district is unique in what it can accomplish.

“We are very fortunate in Cherokee County because we are in-between two regional offices in East Texas,” she said. “The closest to us are the Tyler and Lufkin locations which makes access to the American Cancer Society very convenient in most cases. 

“We are in a unique situation beyond any other in any community close by. I serve on the regional council, and I have yet to find any location close by with the great surroundings that we have in Cherokee County.”

For more information about the American Cancer Society or Cherokee County Relay For Life, call Debbie Griffin, publicity chairperson, at 903-586-2423, ext. 4111 or visit www.cancer.org.

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