The Batesville Herald-Tribune
---- — Cancer continues to remain the No. 1 health concern for Americans. Jeni Schnebelt, Ripley County Relay for Life event chair, notes, “The good news is that nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable and events like the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life not only educate people on what they can do to reduce their cancer risk, but also raise funds that lead to better treatment and more lives saved.”
“One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon. Everything we do at Relay for Life contributes to reducing cancer mortality and incidences, whether it’s raising dollars that support free patient programs and services, research or volunteering to commit to advocacy and education efforts – we’re all a part of the fight and we need the community’s help.”
This year’s Ripley County 24-hour event will be held June 21-June 22 from 8 a.m.-8 a.m. at the Batesville High School track. While the event is still half a year away, planning committees are currently recruiting more teams. Teams are often made up of co-workers, friends and family members. Many businesses, schools, organizations and religious groups also build teams. Prior to the relay, team members raise dollars by fundraising and securing sponsorships. During the Relay for Life, teams camp out overnight and take turns walking the track in an effort to increase awareness and funds in the fight against the disease.
Schnebelt explains, “At the event, luminaria and survivor ceremonies offer time to remember those we have lost and celebrate those who have won the battle, while the fight back ceremony gives everyone a chance to make a personal commitment to take action against cancer throughout the year.”
Persons interested in starting or joining a team or making a donation may log on to RelayForLife.org and follow the links to the Relay for Life of Ripley County page.
Schnebelt emphasizes, “Together we can create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”She can be reached for more information at 812-571-0297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National movement • According to the ACS Web site, "The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of 3 million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation's largest nongovernmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year." Info: 800-227-2345 or cancer.org.