2009-06-25 / Letters

Thanks For Making Relay For Life A Success

To The Editor:

As a staff member and on behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to thank everyone who helped make Relay For Life a huge success this year. I could not help but be moved by the way the teams and citizens of the county came together to raise over $42,000 to support lifesaving cancer research, educational programs, patient services and advocacy efforts of the American Cancer Society.

It took all of the teams working together to raise this money, but I'd like to share some of the special ways the money was raised by the teams. Fulton County Medical Center employees raised $11,122.43 through their auction and employees giving up paid time-off hours for Relay For Life. Central Fulton School District students raised $8,247.00 with their winter dance, a spaghetti dinner before the musical and a "mini-Relay" school event. Detwiler's Dynamic Dynamos raised $5,644.43 selling subs, cookie dough, having restaurant nights, selling program ads and raffles. Lexi's Lifesavers raised money through donations and even donated their hair to a program that makes wigs for children going through cancer treatment. The 4-H Horse Show teams held a horse show the day after our event to benefit the Relay For Life. The Fulton- Franklin Democratic Club and the Survivors Leave Footprints teams raised money through basket raffles, silent auctions and program ads.

We welcomed some new teams this year as well. Southern Fulton School District National Honor Society, Community State Bank and Tower Power did a wonderful job of fundraising, with each of these teams raising over $1,300. What great work, especially for first-time teams!

The American Cancer Society recently unveiled a new branding campaign that helps explain our mission to fight cancer by helping people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back against cancer. This new campaign explains what the American Cancer Society and our many volunteers help us do on a daily basis.

We work to help people:

Stay Well - We help you take steps to prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage with educational programs.

Get Well - We're in your corner around the clock to help you make decisions and guide you through a cancer diagnosis. Our toll-free number 1-800-ACS-2345 is a 24- hour, seven-day-per-week number with trained counselors to take your questions.

Find Cures - We fund research that helps us better understand, prevent and cure cancer. American Cancer Society research has led to many important discoveries and treatments, including drugs such as tamoxifen for breast cancer and gleevec for leukemia.

Fight Back - We work with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight against cancer. It is through many of the legislative successes that we can effect changes that affect millions of people. Legislative successes have included things such as the "clean indoor act," which helps protect the public against secondhand smoke and insurance coverage of colorectal cancer screening.

Again, on behalf of the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life committee, I want to say thank you to all of the people in Fulton County who truly pull together to make this event a success!

Please remember that the American Cancer Society is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-ACS-2345 or log onto www.cancer.org for up-to-date cancer information. Connie Woodruff Community Cancer Control Specialist

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