The Maynards will be participating in the Relay for Life. The Relay for Life is a 24 hour event by the American Cancer Society. Each team has different members walk for one hour of the event. We’ll be walking for Troy’s company team, ExactTarget. The Maynards have the honor of walking the first leg of the day. Fortunately, the relay falls on my “good” weekend between chemo treatments!
Naturally, the point of the Relay for Life is to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society has already been an invaluable resource for me since my diagnosis of breast cancer in March. In those early days, I returned to their web site many times for quality information about the disease and definitions to big words my doctors were using. (Their site, www.cancer.org, was one of two sites my surgeon recommended to me.) Recently, I ordered inexpensive hats and “bald” supplies from one of their catalogs. Also, I’ll be soon taking advantage of the local office’s free wig program.
But that’s just me. On a larger scale, the American Cancer Society funds major research, has nationwide community education programs for the prevention and detection of cancer, provides several avenues to disseminate cancer information, and works in advocacy and public policy.
You may know that our lifetime risk of developing some type of cancer is quite high. Men have a 45.67% chance, while women have a 38.09% chance. That’s pretty close to half of everyone you know. And as I found out, it doesn’t only happen to people you know — sometimes it happens to you! Chances are at some point in your life, you’re going to need the good work of the American Cancer Society — either for you or a close loved one.
I hope you will consider a donation to our group for the Relay for Life. Donations need to be received by Wednesday, May 31 in order to count toward our relay day (which is June 3). Since that date is coming soon, I would encourage you to donate online. We are accepting donations through our PayPal account (and we’ll cover the fees, so your full gift amount will go to ACS). We also are accepting cash or checks in person! If you choose to mail them, remember we need the money in hand by May 31.
To make a donation now, click on the “Make a Donation” button below. The page is going to say the donation is to email@example.com. You don’t need a PayPal account to send money this way and you can use your credit card securely. In the “payment for” line, just type “Relay for Life.”
(Link removed – donation deadline has passed! Thanks to all who contributed!)
And if you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, I highly recommend using the American Cancer Society as a resource. The American Cancer Society web site is filled with information, support and networking opportunities. They also operate a 24-hour support and information line at 800-ACS-2345. And your local chapter is a great resource as well.
Check back here and I’ll let you know how donations are going for our team!
Thank YOU for your support!