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  • Sadly, perhaps, people fear cancer, so much they feel even saying the word, or discussing the thought, might bring on the disease, sort of how mankind feels about leprosy.

    I took a step on that other unmentionable, the 'road to H--l,' for not joining in with you and your call for support, knowing that Cancer research would be important to you, having suffered and survived a version far worse than the one that toys with my skin. My apology.

    Only those who have suffered with, or had someone they love suffer with, Cancer, eventually works up the Chutzpa to go public with their concern. You are an 'Anchor' to the Blog site, my brother.


    -- Posted by Navyblue on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 11:13 AM
  • Brian, let me add my belated response to that of Navy. My wife is a survivor, entering her third year. Her daughter does the Relay for Life in Omaha. I/we are truly grateful for those who join the ranks of the survivors.

    -- Posted by doodle bug on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 5:04 PM
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    Thanks Arley and db

    Here is some more information I just received...

    Where do funds raised during Relay For Life really go?

    American Cancer Society Relay For Life sheds light on raised funds

    (Cambridge, NE) -- Do you know a child who survived leukemia? Do you have a mother, sister or aunt whose breast cancer was found early thanks to a mammogram? Do you have a friend or coworker who quit smoking to decrease their risk of lung cancer? Each of these individuals benefited from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) research program and were supported through funds raised through community-based events like the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

    Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable ACS to support local, state and national services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

    Programs that are funded through ACS include the National Call Center (1-800-227-2345) where trained cancer information specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions about cancer, link callers with resources in their communities and provide information on local events. Fifty dollars provides 83 hours of toll-free access at the ACS nationwide call center. More than 1.2 million calls are received each year.

    The ACS website (www.cancer.org) is a user-friendly website that includes a cancer resource center containing in-depth information on every major cancer type. Answers are provided to questions about the nature of cancer, causes and risk factors, the latest strategies for prevention and early detection, new diagnostic techniques and the latest treatment options.

    Public Awareness Campaigns promote and increase utilization of the ACA's early detection guidelines for colon, breast and lung cancers. By teaching individuals to follow early detection guidelines, ACS helps more people detect their cancers at the earliest, most treatable stage. Locally, ACS assists the people of Southwest Nebraska through education, advocacy and service programs. They also advocate at the local, state, and federal levels for cancer-related legislation.

    The transportation program directly benefits patients by providing trained Road to Recovery volunteer drivers where available, and if necessary, direct financial aid for gasoline costs. Transportation to cancer treatment is a key element in survivorship. Approximately $50,000 provides transportation to and from lifesaving treatment for about 450 cancer patients a year.

    In addition to these many lifesaving programs, the American Cancer Society wouldn't be what it is without the funds for research. Since 1946, the Society has invested approximately $3.2 billion in research. The investment has paid rich dividends: the five-year survival rate has almost tripled since 1946, the cure rate for childhood leukemia diagnosis has dramatically increased, and mortality rates have declined each year since 1990. Thanks to ACS research, we can now teach adults and children how to protect themselves from the devastating effects of cancer.

    More funding means more cancer breakthroughs and more lives being saved. Investigators and healthcare professionals in universities, research institutes and hospitals throughout the country receive grants from ACS. In 2010, ACS awarded a $700,000 grant to researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for cancer research. One of the members of the lab, Jason Glanzer, is a native of Furnas County and an avid proponent of the lifesaving research funded by the American Cancer Society.

    The Relay For Life of Furnas County did its part in 2010, by raising a gross income of $44,129, with 23 teams and 75 registered survivors. The Furnas County Relay was 3rd in the state for its population size. "This year," said Relay Chairman Judy Hayes, "we are hoping to exceed previous year's efforts and get to 2nd or maybe even the 1st in the state for our population size."

    Relay For Life of Furnas County will take place on June 24, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the Cambridge High School Track. If the forecast is rain, the event will be held in the Cambridge High School gymnasium. For more information please contact Judy Hayes at 308-697-3637 or jhayes@atcjet.net. To register for the Relay, please visit www.relayforlife.org/furnascone. For more information on cancer, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

    The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 9:42 PM
  • Well, poop! I don't know how I missed your last blog, Brian. I would blame that I've been absorbed in earthquake coverage, but I see you posted that a full four days before the earthquake, so I've got nothing. I applaud you for bringing this to our attention. I think a lot of us tend to forget about the Relay for Life until it sneaks up on us about two weeks before the event. Thanks for giving the heads up well in advance!

    -- Posted by saveryhinze on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 1:36 PM
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    I cannot speak for others, but just because I make no comment on some blogs, doesn't mean I don't read them or care. :)

    That being said, the relay for life or many other volunteer/charitable activities are always worthwhile. Any purely charitable thing a person does is something to be proud of.

    P.S. I swear I am not sucking up, I just would hate to have you stew on the frustration you are feeling. You seem to have a healthy ration of common sense. (and we all know how uncommon that is.)

    -- Posted by Sir Didymus on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 11:05 PM
  • My thought is that most people are more than happy to give their opinion on politics, but when it comes to cancer they know so little about it they shy away, not that they don't care. Cancer is not the only disease that needs funds and support, so don't take it personal if you don't get the responses that you anticipated. Others may be going through there own hell with their problems and or disease. This may sound callous to some, but this is not my intention.

    I was a caregiver for seven years with my wife, so this is my opinion. When you find out the news, it consumes your whole life and turns it upside down for some time. Tests always seem to be taken on Thursday or Friday, so it wrecks your weekends with worry about the results. Hopefully you get an oncologist with a positive attitude.Try to get into some cancer group so you can talk about it openly with others that are going through it. After the first three or four months we got into a group called The Wellness Community, it was a godsend. My suggestion is if you can't find a group, start one or talk to loved ones, but don't hold it in. Stress plays a big part also, try not to stress yourself out to much, I know, easy for me to say.

    -- Posted by Keda46 on Fri, Mar 18, 2011, at 9:54 PM
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    I got my desired response. There are too many deserving organizations seeking support, and the sad truth is most would go unfunded unless we're reminded one way or another. How often would most folks give to the Salvation Army for example if it wasn't for the bell ringers at Christmas?

    There is no Relay for Life in Red Willow county this year, so for those interested in a little fund raising competition, slide on east and help us out.

    Thank you!

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Mon, Mar 21, 2011, at 8:25 AM
  • PS--the Relay for Life is early this year, on June 24th. Trying to beat the thunderstorms in August I think. If only we could get a little of that rain now! Completely off topic, sorry! Cancer creeps into our lives more and more it seems, with my father now becoming a survivor too. Many of us know the facts about cancer, but how about trying to avoid becoming a statistic? Please help the ACS in your community.

    -- Posted by fred2 on Mon, Mar 21, 2011, at 9:26 AM
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