Relay event to honor local cancer survivors

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Thanks to medical breakthroughs and early detection, more than 8 million people in the United States are cancer survivors.

The American Cancer Society plans on honoring cancer survivors in Buena Vista County during a special lap on August 2.

The Buena Vista County Relay for Life is scheduled from 6 p.m. - 7 a.m. with the survivors lap planned for 6 p.m.

"I participated in the cancer survivors lap for the first time last year," said Peg Schultz. "It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It meant a lot to me to be with so many cancer survivors and to have my family travel around the track with me."

When the group of cancer survivors is not walking, a member from each of the participating teams must be on the track at all times during the 13-hour event. The teams are formed from families, workplaces, schools, churches and other organizations that want to find a cure for cancer. Team members collect donations in support of American Cancer Society research, education, advocacy and service.

The American Cancer Society funds more cancer research than any other nonprofit organization in the world, and they've been involved in some important discoveries. Some of their research accomplishments include the discovery of mammography as an effective way to screen for breast cancer, the development of cure for childhood leukemia and the identification of smoking as the primary cause for lung cancer.

If you are interested in participating in the cancer survivors' lap, learning more about cancer research or receiving cancer information call the American Cancer Society 24 hours a day at 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit the web site at

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.

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