Survivors Celebrating Birthdays

 

This year at Relay For Life, we are celebrating more birthdays. Our courageous survivors are taking their first lap, their fifth lap, and even their 12th lap. We have the opportunity to cheer them on as they celebrate another year of being cancer free, as they celebrate being done with treatment, or as they power through another diagnosis.

These survivors inspire our staff, our volunteers, and each other to take a pledge to fight back against cancer. We are thankful to all of our participants who raise the needed funds for cancer research, patient programs, and early detection to help the American Cancer Society create a world with more birthdays.

Recently, the Relay For Life of Putnam County celebrate some of their cancer survivors. Each got to hold up a sign proudly displaying the number of years they’ve celebrate their birthdays since they heard the words, “You have cancer.” Each face reminds us to keep fighting for each of their birthdays, so cancer cannot steal another person’s life.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Facebook

We are thinking PINK around the Kansas City Metro Office – Relay For Life season is in full swing, but Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is right around the corner.

We just started our MSABC of Kansas City page on Facebook – help us spread the word about the event and stay up to date on all of our plans! Click here to ‘Like’ us!

Save the Date for Saturday, October 29, 2011 for our 3rd Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Kansas City. If you have any questions or would like to sign up your team, visit makingstrideskansascity.org.

 

Government Relations Hard At Work

The Missouri legislative session ended May 13th and here is an update on a few issues of importance in the fight against cancer.

Successes:

  • Secured full funding ($500,000) for the Show-Me Healthy Women Program in the 2012 budget.
  • Sent legislation to the Governor that will make sure that all money from the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness license plates go to the Show-Me Healthy Women Program and are not diverted.
  • Sent legislation to the Governor that would make sure that cancer patients would have access to clinical trials.
  • Fully implemented tobacco cessation for Medicaid recipients
  • Governor vetoed legislation that ACS was opposed to that  would make it easier for employers to discriminate against cancer patients.

The more legislators hear from you, the more of an impact our efforts will make in the years to come.  Please also encourage others you know to become involved in our advocacy efforts.  There is power in numbers and we welcome as many new advocates as we can find!
If you would like more information on issues from this session or would like to become more involved in our advocacy efforts, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Visit acscan.org/mo for more information on what is going on with our Government Relations team!