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Relay for Life: Making strides against cancer | In Our Opinion

Relay for Life of North Kitsap is July 26, 6 p.m., and continues into July 27, at the North Kitsap High School stadium, 1780 NE Hostmark St., Poulsbo. Last year’s event raised $83,000 for the American Cancer Society.

As you read this, 20 teams of North Kitsap people like you are raising money in a variety of ways – from challenges to contests, from karaoke performances to talent shows – to raise money for Relay for Life.

Money raised supports local services, as well as research leading to cures and improved quality of life.

Money raised pays for hotel discounts for people who must travel for treatment.

Money raised supports Look Good Feel Good, which helps women being treated for cancer learn special cosmetic techniques to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer and its treatment.

Money raised supports Road to Recovery, which provides rides to and from treatment for patients who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

Money raised supports Reach to Recovery, a program that matches patients with volunteers — many of whom are cancer survivors — who can provide a measure of comfort, emotional grounding and assistance is making informed health decisions.

Money raised supports the National Cancer Information Center helpline — 1-800-227-2345. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By 2010, thanks in part to funds raised by Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society had spent about $4 billion in research for a cure and has about $500 million in research grants in effect today. The result: In 1946, 25 percent of cancer patients lived at least five years after diagnosis; today, that rate is 60 percent.

So, join Relay for Life and make a big difference. Walk the track July 26 and/or 27 in honor of a survivor. Light a candle in memory of someone who has passed on. Know that you are making a difference. And know that you are not alone: Relay teams are comprised of former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, as well as families, businesses and civic organizations.

To get involved locally as a team member or volunteer or to make a donation, go to www.relayforlife.org (type in 98370 or Poulsbo in the “Search for an Event” field). Or contact Karen Galvan: karengalvan@msn.com, (360) 440-7790.

For information about the American Cancer Society and how your donations are used, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

— The North Kitsap Herald will publish a series of profiles of Relay for Life team captains and other volunteers. Send us a photo of you and your name, how you’re involved, and why you’re involved. Send to rwalker@northkitsapherald.com

 

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