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ELYSE ATHA: Preparations underway for Relay for Life

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser is April 25

Dedicated residents will camp out overnight and walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Doughtery/Lee County gets underway at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds on Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m.

Relay For Life is a family friendly activity that raises funds to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives. Everyone is invited to this inspiring event to honor the cancer survivors in our community as they celebrate their victory over the disease, remember those who lost their battle, and fight back against the nation’s number one health concern.

Now is the time to form a team of your family, friends, co-workers or neighbors. Everyone is invited to stop by and see what Relay is all about. There is no charge to attend and there is something for everyone — especially entertainment for the kids.

While many people are familiar with the research efforts of the American Cancer Society, few are aware of all the free services available to cancer patients and their loved ones thanks to the fundraising efforts of those who participate in Relay. These services can be obtained through one easy call to the American Cancer Society at 1 (800) 227-2345.

Last year in Dougherty and Lee counties, the American Cancer Society helped 34 cancer patients who attended a Look Good Feel Better class at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital; 51 breast cancer patients who received support from a Reach to Recovery volunteer; 18 patients who received free wigs and hats, and 10 patients and their caregivers who stayed at Hope Lodge for free for a total of 184 nights, saving them $27,600 in hotel costs.

ELYSE ATHA

Albany

EDITOR’S NOTE: Elyse Atha is a specialist with Relay for Life for the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society.