The Relay for Life of Jones County takes place at the end of the week, Friday, June 7. This is a community (countywide) event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS) “that represents the hope that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, those fighting the disease will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated!”
With the ACS celebrating 100 years of saving lives, 100 years of progress and 100 years of more birthdays, the organization has done so much in its 100-year history worth mentioning.
• 1913: The ACS is founded by a group of 15 physicians and businessmen in New York City, who wanted to raise awareness about cancer. It was originally called the “American Society for the Control of Cancer.”
• 1936: A group of passionate women for the Women’s Field Army. They took to the streets to educate people about cancer and tried to raise money to save lives.
• 1947: The first successful chemotherapy treatment for cancer is discovered for children with leukemia.
• 1954: An ACS study confirms a link between smoking and lung cancer. Smoking prevention work leads to a 50 percent decrease in smoking and a reduction in the death rate from lung cancer.
• 1971: The National Cancer Act passes, kick-starting the “War on Cancer.” This was considered the most dramatic piece of legislation ever enacted. It led to federal funding for cancer research going from $4.3 million in 1953 to about $5.1 million in 2012.
• 1976: The first Great American Smokeout was held in California. The following year, it was taken worldwide.
• 2003: The ACS confirms a link between obesity and various types of cancer.
• 2012: The U.S. celebrates a 20 percent decline in cancer deaths. This amounts to 1.2 million lives saved from 1991 to 2009.
With so many great accomplishments, you can see why the ACS’ Relay for Life is a worthwhile event to support locally. By attending on June 7, you can walk in remembrance or in honor of someone you know who’s been touched by cancer. You can walk for someone who’s cared for cancer patients. You can volunteer your time during the event, donate towards a worthy cause and purchase a luminaria for a loved one who had/has cancer. Let’s not forget the live and silent auctions!
Come and support Jones County’s Relay for Life and help save lives for another 100 years! (K.N.B.)