Saturday, May 22, 2010

Service Saturday: 2010 American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Many of you know that my Grandpa died of Lung Cancer when I was young, and my aunt Cathy (pictured above) died of Brain Cancer a couple years ago. I know most of us have known someone close to us that has had or is currently batteling Cancer in one form or another. Each year the American Cancer Society has a Relay for Life, and this year one of my mom's best friends, Jill, is doing it. I thought it would be great to share with you her letter about the Relay for Life for my Saturday Service post. Below is the letter she sent out:

Dear Friends,

This year, I am helping save lives from cancer by taking part in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, and I’m hoping you will support me.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives people in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.

In addition to helping people celebrate, remember, and fight back, Relay For Life also helps raise much-needed funds and awareness to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer and create more birthdays.

Please support me in my efforts by visiting my personal web page to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation.

Every donation really does make a difference. I know that times are tighter than normal for many of us, but any amount you can give truly can help save lives.

You see, thanks to your support, the American Cancer Society can:
  • Help people stay well by helping them take steps to prevent cancer or detect it early, when it’s most treatable
  • Help people get well by being in their corner around the clock to guide them through every step of their cancer experience
  • Find cures by funding groundbreaking research that helps us understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new ways to cure it
  • Fight back by working with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight
Each of us has our own reasons for caring about the fight against cancer … whatever your reasons, I hope you’ll choose to make a difference by making a donation online to support my efforts. I’m so grateful to have great people like you in my life who want to see an end to cancer in our lifetime.

Together we can save lives. Thank you.
To learn more about Relay For Life, please visit our Relay For Life information page.

If you are able to donate to thisworthy event, please note that you can donate to Jill's team here, or if you would rather give a general donation you can do that here.

Thanks Jill and Mom for sharing this information for me and for letting me share it with my readers!