Winston County Relay for Life kick off meeting planned

From press reports


“We remember, we hope, we fight.” is the message from the Winston County Relay for Life organizers.

People across nation participate in Relay for Life events or celebrate months such as Breast Cancer Awareness month in support of that message.

“But, cancer does not stop there.  We know cancer still hits homes of those we love and care about.  That is why we Relay for Life!  We fight for a cure by raising money!,” stated Relay organizers.

The American Cancer Society has made enormous strides in the fight against cancer since the first Relay for Life in 1985.

In the 80’s the society developed breast cancer early detection guidelines and backed legislation allowing Medicare coverage for Pap tests.

In the 90’s, early detection paid off as overall cancer death rates dropped 1.69 percent between 1991 and 1995.

In 2000, ACS saw the largest drop in per capita cigarette consumption in 60 years!  Death rates for female breast cancer dropped 20.8%, and prostate cancer death rates dropped by more than 26% between 1991 and 2001.  By 2015, it is projected there will be 11.3 million cancer survivors nationwide, a 19% increase!

“Wouldn’t it be great if everyone who received a diagnosis also received a cure?” stated organizers.

“The Winston County Relay for Life Committee needs for churches, schools, clubs and individuals who want to take action to step up and form a team.  We need teams on the field to represent what we are all about and that is fighting for a cure.  We need individuals to participate and become active in our communities fight”, stated Brandi Krajewski, Chairperson.

Relay for Life is in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries.  Each Relay for Life event is special to its community, but the movement’s true power lies in the combined commitment of thousands of participants, volunteers, and supporters to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer.

The American Cancer Society has four goals that they need to reach by 2015.  These include:   A 50% reduction in the age-adjusted cancer mortality rate,  25% reduction in the age-adjusted cancer incident rate, and a measurable improvement in the quality of life from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life for all cancer survivors.   If all of the 2015 goals are achieved, it is estimated there may be a 5.7 million fewer cancer cases and 4.9 million fewer cancer deaths.

The Winston County Relay for Life Committee invites all persons who are interested in joining the Winston County Relay for Life to come to the kick off meeting on November 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Winston Medical Center dining room.  If you would like to discuss forming a team, please call Amy Hillyer at 803-9026.  “I hope that we can form a lot of teams this year to pack the football field!  I know that Winston County can join together to make this event a success,” stated Amy Hillyer, Team Recruitment Chair.