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Fight cancer in Relay For Life

Dear Editor:

The American Cancer Society has been an active member of the Roaring Fork Valley for many years, offering services and support to those battling cancer as well as life-saving cancer information to the community. We continue our mission of eliminating cancer thanks to the help of generous volunteers and dedicated staff.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a community event in every sense of the word. It is a chance for the community to come together to celebrate those who have faced cancer, remember those lost and empower everyone to fight back. Being a part of Relay For Life means being a part of a national grassroots movement to end cancer. Being a Relay For Life volunteer means making life better for cancer survivors, patients and their families.

But we are faced with a critical shortage of volunteer leaders. With the challenges of our day-to-day demands, time has become a premium, and many people are finding it more difficult to participate in community service. It is because of the volunteers who preceded us, however, that certain types of cancer are now highly treatable or even curable. With more help, we will continue to win the war.

The American Cancer Society needs your help now. Plans are under way for the sixth annual fundraiser Relay For Life, held at the Carbondale School Track on Aug. 7 to the morning of Aug. 8, to support cutting-edge cancer research, help provide free transportation to hospitals, help prevent youth smoking, publish life-saving literature, and develop a new generation of weapons to fight cancer.

Now is the time for individuals, families, organizations, schools, religious groups, corporations and small businesses to build a team and join our fight to reduce the burden of cancer across America. Relay For Life can be the site of a company picnic or family gathering while supporting a great cause.

To sign up to participate or learn how you can volunteer for other patient services, call Betty at 704-9963 or call 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit http://www.relayforlife.org or http://www.roaringforkrelay.com.

Betty Bradley

2009 team chair, Relay For Life of the Roaring Fork Valley


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