Join people around the globe who are passionately committed to making a world with less cancer and more birthdays a reality! The Relay for Life of Tama County, June 15-16, is raising funds to fight cancer. Teams are forming for this exciting event. Team information can be found at the website, www.relayforlife.org/tamacountyia. Or contact a local Relay for Life committee person: Mary Mehlhous - Dysart 319-476-3460, Linda Goos - Gladbrook 641-473-2776 , Ashley Bolen - Tama/Toledo 641-484-7304, or Luane Lorenzen Traer 319-231-0820.
Individuals can join a current team or form a new team. Teams at the Relay for Life of Tama County are invited to decorate their team area. Teams can choose a theme for their decorations or simply add some color to show others their support of the fight against cancer. Teams should be registered by May 16.
Over 17,000 Iowans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2012. These people and their families need your help. The 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 2001 and 2007 is 67%, up from 49% in 1975-1977. The improvement in survival reflects both progress in diagnosing certain cancers at an earlier stage and improvements in treatments. Although the survival rate for all cancers has improved, cancer is still the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease. Cancer accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.
The movement for more birthdays is about everyday people coming together to make a meaningful difference. There are so many ways to create a world with more birthdays. Whether you are keeping your family healthy to stay well, finding the best resources to help a friend or loved one deal with a diagnosis on their journey to get well, or becoming active in your local community to fight back and find cures for this disease, together we can help make sure that cancer never steals another year of anyone's life.
Every day more people are joining the American Cancer Society movement to create a world with more birthdays. Our strength and commitment fuels the movement's growth, honors those that have been affected by cancer, and reminds us all how special it is to have one more candle, one more cake, and one more celebration with the people we love.
Want a world with more birthdays? Join the Relay for Life of Tama County today, because there's no such thing as too many candles!
Please fill out the order form located to the left of this article to participate in this year's Luminaria and support the Relay for Life!