With the American Cancer Society Relay For Life season now upon us, the American Cancer Society would like to remind everyone how important these events are in the fight against cancer. Thousands of Iowans benefit from the money that is raised at your local Relay For Life.
Research - Currently, 12 cancer researchers in Iowa are funded by the American Cancer Society at a total of $6.9 million. No single nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization in the US has invested more to find the causes and cures of cancer than the American Cancer Society.
Lodging - The Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Iowa City provides a home-away-from-home for cancer patients at no cost. For months now the Hope Lodge has been running at maximum capacity and saves cancer patients over $1 million annually in lodging costs. The American Cancer Society has also been leading the way in working with the Iowa Lodging Association by making hotel rooms across Iowa available to cancer patients at no cost. Currently, more than 30 hotels are part of this program, providing thousands of room nights, greatly reducing the financial burden of cancer to patients and their families.
The toll-free 800 number and website - Not only is the American Cancer Society in your community fighting cancer, but in your home as well. In 2013 over 1 million calls were made to our toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24/7, for information, help, or maybe just someone to talk to. Our website, www.cancer.org, receives about 25 million visitors annually, and is recognized as one of the leading resources for online cancer information.
The American Cancer Society began its work in 1913, when cancer was a certain death sentence. Thanks to American Cancer Society volunteers the five-year survival rate for all cancers is now 68%. We could not do the work we do without the more than 5,400 outstanding volunteers we have in Iowa.
An informational meeting on the Relay for Life of Tama County will be held on February 25 in Clutier. This year's Relay is June 14th from 12pm-10pm at the South Tama High School Track. To sign up for this year's Relay, visit relayforlife.org/tama countyia.
For more information on this local event contact Ashley Bohlen, Tama/Toledo, 641-484-0204; Marilyn Svoboda, Clutier, 319-479-2732; Karen Symonds, Dysart, 319-476-7762; Luane Lorenzen, Traer, 319-231-0820 or Neal.Bohnet@cancer. org, the American Cancer Society partner for Tama County.