Relay for Life raises funds.
(Mirror Daily, United States) – The number of people attending to the Relay for Life events continues to increase. This initiative is widely spread in the United States to raise awareness and funds in the battle with cancer.
Based on the Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Statistics from the American Cancer Society, over 15.5 million people in the United States suffered from cancer during their lives. Worse, this number will increase to 20 million by 2026.
Fortunately, the cancer occurrence has started to drop off in men and stabilized in women. In addition to this, it has been registered a growing and aging population in the United States, which means that more and more people survive cancer.
A great contribution to this situation was brought by the development of the medical field, especially regarding treatment and early detection. One of the most recent events was the Clifton Relay For Life, which gathered an impressive number of participants at the Clifton Stadium on June 11.
Furthermore, survivors benefited from a survivorship dinner, goodie bags, sashes and special shirts. Plus, they also took the Survivor’s Lap at the beginning of the event. Relay for Life is not just a gathering of people, but also an overnight community celebration which offers patient service programs, advocacy, education, running and walking activities to raise funds, picnics, and camping.
When the sun sets, all participants light countless of luminaria candles to celebrate survivors, encourage the ones fighting with cancer and to honor the memory of those who passed away. The funds will support the American Cancer Society in their efforts of finding a new treatment to tackle this disease.
This agency has various activities such as the development of new programs including the Clinical Trials Matching Service and Health Insurance Assistance Service which aims to provide patients with coverage for cancer medication.
Moreover, Road to Recovery Transportation and Look Good Feel Better are the other two programs which offer medical assistance and cosmetic effects of cancer treatment. Besides these initiatives, the American Cancer Society is trying to find better and more efficient treatments thanks to the efforts of scientists.
Plus, it offers caregivers and patients a lot of support and many resources to make the battle with cancer easier. Relay for Life is one these events that continue to gather and inspire people to stay positive.
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