Archive for Thursday, December 8, 2005

Volunteers needed for Relay

December 8, 2005

The American Cancer Society has ben an active member of De Soto for many years offering a number of patient and family services, cancer support groups, tobacco control programs, and lifesaving research. The Society continues its mission thanks to the help of generous volunteers and dedicated staff.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of De Soto is a community event in every sense of the word. It is a chance for the community to come together for one common cause. Being a part of Relay For Life means I'm a part of a national grassroots movement to fight cancer. Being a Relay For Life volunteer means I'm 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 fight.

The American Cancer Society needs your help now. Plans are underway for the ninth annual Relay For Life fund-raiser June 2 and 3, to support cutting-edge cancer research, help provide free transportation to hospitals, help prevent youth smoking, publish lifesaving 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 in other ways, call Shay Carlson at (913) 747.6024 or call 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or you may also visit www.cancer.org.

Rita Jones

De Soto American Cancer Society

Relay For Life Chair 2006

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