Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Updated: 11:55 AMSaving 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 $78,000 as of Saturday evening, for the fight against cancer.
“Despite the weather, this community really came together in a tremendous demonstration of caring and generosity this weekend,” said Lindsay DuBois, community manager for the ACS Relay For Life. “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.”
Due to threatening weather, this year’s Relay was moved inside to Waldo Baptist Church’s Family Life Center. Luminarias were placed in the center of the gym, as Relay participants walked around them throughout the afternoon and evening. “This year the luminaria bags were weighted with donated canned goods. After the Relay, the volunteers split around 200 pounds of food between COPE and Weaver Creek food pantries,” stated DuBois. The night closed by honoring and remembering cancer survivors in the Luminaria Ceremony.
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 lodging for those having to leave home for treatments, transportation solutions to treatments; insurance coverage assistance; resource matching and referrals; and cosmetic help such as free wigs 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 or at www.cancer.org.
Donations can still be made to the Massac County ACS Relay For Life by calling the American Cancer Society at 618-998-9898.