National Cancer Survivor’s Day

This Sunday, June 3, cancer survivors across that nation will celebrate National Cancer Survivor’s Day. According to the American Cancer Society, there are nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States today. Every year our organization has the opportunity to cheer on those survivors and give hope to others who are currently going through treatment or who have been recently diagnosed, at our Relay For Life events.

As our local cancer survivors take the opening lap around the track and cheer on all of the men and women wearing the purple shirts, we are honored to share that moment with them.  Whether it be their first lap or 21 lap, we are proud to cheer them on and celebrate the many days, months or years of being a cancer survivor. So on Sunday, June 3, please take the time to hug, say hello or congratulate a cancer survivor on their cancer journey. 

Please take a moment to read another cancer survivor’s story from the volunteer president of the American Cancer Society.

To find out more about Relay For Life or to find an event near you, visit RelayForLife.org.

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This weekend, the American Cancer SOciety will host 17 Relay For Life events in the Kansas City/Western Missouri Region.  Our volunteers, participants and cancer survivors have been planning and fundraising throughout the year to help fight cancer.

We are wishing the best of luck to the following communities who will Relay all day and night to help the Society eliminate cancer as a major health threat.  Find detailed information at RelayForLife.org today.

Camden County       Carthage, Mo.

Cedar County           De Soto, Kan.

Grundy County         Henry County

Holt County              Howell County

Lawrence County      Leavenworth, Kan.

Nodway County        Oregon County

Ray County              Springfield, Mo.

St. Joseph, Mo.,       Strafford, Mo.

Taney & Stone Counties

If you would like to get involved in Relay For Life, visit relayforlife.org or call 1.800.227.2345 for more information.

Elementary Students Fight Cancer at Relay Recess

 Students and faculty at Riverview Elementary are fighting back against cancer with education, fundraising, and games, including a sumo wrestling contest. The school is participating in the American Cancer Society’s new fundraising program, Relay Recess.  Designed for elementary schools to learn about the Society’s patient programs and services and raise funds for the Society, Relay Recess gives students an opportunity to incorporate physical activity while learning about cancer prevention and early detection.

“Students have fun while they raise money for the American Cancer Society,” said Kara Philips, community manager for the Society. “They learn how the money they raise can help a patient to get to and from treatment through Road to Recovery, help a patient find a place to stay while receiving treatment at Hope Lodge, or how the money can help young cancer survivors pay for college through the Society’s college scholarship program.”

Third Grader Delaney Fields is participating in Relay Recess and knows first-hand how hard it is to fight cancer. “A couple of people in my family have had cancer,” Delaney said. “It’s not easy for family members or the people who have had it.  It’s just important to raise awareness and make sure that everybody knows how to stop it and cure it.”

Students at Riverview have set a goal to raise $6,000 for the Society. Their goal has an entertaining outcome for them, sumo wrestling between teachers during their event on Wednesday, April 25, at 2:00 pm, Riverview Elementary, 21550 W. 47th Street, Shawnee, Kan.

“My goal is at least $50 for it because my Mimi has had it, so that was a pretty good goal for me,” said Delaney.

The Relay Recess program provides students, teachers, and administrators the opportunity to become superheroes in their own communities by celebrating people who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and fighting back against a disease that has taken too many lives.

The Relay Recess program also engages elementary school students in the fight against cancer through fundraising activities that support cancer programs and services in every community. In addition, it gives students the chance to get out of the classroom and have fun with entertainment and activities that reinforce what they have learned. Because the program is so flexible, it is different at every school and is an excellent opportunity to showcase unique qualities about your school and your community.

For more information on Relay Recess, contact Kara Phillips at 816.218.7184 or Kara.Philips@cancer.org.