Re­solve to help

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Dear Edi­tor: Whether you’ve been per­son­ally af­fected by can­cer or have friends, fam­ily, or cowork­ers who have faced the dis­ease, the truth is, we all have a rea­son to hope for a world with less can­cer and more birth­days. I hope you’ll take a minute to make a res­o­lu­tion in 2011 to fight against can­cer. This is a per­fect time to give hope to those bat­tling this dis­ease. Your gift will help your Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety con­tinue to save lives and fight for ev­ery life threat­ened by ev­ery can­cer in ev­ery com­mu­nity. I know you care about cre­at­ing a world with less can­cer. As 2010 ended and 2011 be­gins, I’d like to share some of the ac­com­plish­ments our sup­port­ers have helped make pos­si­ble: This year, more than one mil­lion peo­ple called us for trusted can­cer in­for­ma­tion on our 24-hour toll-free num­ber at (800) 227-2345, and nearly 20 mil­lion peo­ple turned to us at www.can­cer.org. In 2010, we saved more than 55,000 can­cer pa­tients and their care­givers more than $20 mil­lion in lodg­ing ex­penses by pro­vid­ing them a free place to stay when need­ing treat­ment far from home. We con­tinue to fund re­search that will help us bet­ter pre­vent, de­tect, and treat can­cer. Our in­vest­ment in early re­search over the years has led to the devel­op­ment of drugs that can at­tack can­cer cells while spar­ing healthy cells, which means fewer side ef­fects for pa­tients. These drugs in­clude Tarceva, Er­bitux and Vectibix, which are used to treat lung can­cer, head and neck can­cer, and col­orec­tal can­cer. Our more than 3 mil­lion vol­un­teers strength­ened our world­wide move­ment to save lives by sup­port­ing events such as Re­lay For Life® and Mak­ing Strides Against Breast Can­cer®, par­tic­i­pat­ing in De­ter­mi­Na­tion® en­durance races, and urg­ing leg­is­la­tors to pass laws to de­feat can­cer. With your help, think what we could ac­com­plish in the com­ing year. Give hope this sea­son — and to­gether, we’ll save lives and cre­ate a world where can­cer never steals an­other year from any­one’s life. If you would like to join our ef­forts, you can reg­is­ter as a sur­vivor, pur­chase a lu­mi­naria, start a team or make a do­na­tion to your lo­cal Re­lay For Life event by vis­it­ing the Newton County Re­lay For Life web­site. www.re­lay­for­life. Christy Lyons Chair, Re­lay For Life of Newton County

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