This year, about 569,490 people in the U.S. are expected to die of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). By continuing fund-raising for cancer research and treatment, Relay for Life Committee Chairman Julie Goings says she hopes to one day be able to say that Relay for Life slashed cancer, when a cure is found. 

 

This year, about 569,490 people in the U.S. are expected to die of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). By continuing fund-raising for cancer research and treatment, Relay for Life Committee Chairman Julie Goings says she hopes to one day be able to say that Relay for Life slashed cancer, when a cure is found. 
For those who want to play an active role in fighting cancer, the Phillips County Relay for Life Committee announces the kickoff of its 2011 fund-raising campaign.  Goings and her committee are determined to work hard to help reduce the threat of cancer. This year’s event is scheduled for April 15 at the Central High School track. As in years past, the event will be a celebration of cancer survival. 
“Survivors, your being with us today is why we continue to work for Relay for Life,” Goings said. “Seeing your faces with us each year makes it all worthwhile.”
Goings announced that Relay for Life teams in Phillips County are already forming and hosting fundraisers. The Relay for Life allows communities to participate in this important cause by raising funds for cancer research and the development of new prevention and detection programs. Participants help the American Cancer Society continue to provide its expansive patient support programs and further its advocacy efforts.
According to the ACS, the five-year relative survivor rate for all cancers diagnosed between 1999 and 2005 is 68 percent, up from 50 percent in 1975 and 1977. This improvement in survival reflects progress in diagnosing certain cancers at an earlier stage and improvements in treatment.
“Want to help find a cure for cancer?” asked Goings. “Then gather your friends and family, put on your walking shoes and join in the Phillips County Relay for Life, the nation’s largest fund raiser. Your involvement in the Relay for Life could help make cancer a thing of the past.”
The next Phillips County Relay for Life meeting will be held from 6-6:30 Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Delta AHEC. Call 995-1923 to pick up a team packet, make a donation, or participate in the Phillips County Relay for Life.