CAMANCHE —  The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Clinton County was held recently at the Camanche High School Track and Field.

This is a community event where everyone can join the fight against cancer.

“On August 17th and 18th this community, in their generosity, raised $123,096.55 for research, education, advocacy, and patient services,” stated Karen Roode, chairwoman.

For 2007, the Clinton County fund-raising goal was to raise $120,000. Money was raised by 29 teams of eight to 15 people each from businesses, churches, civic organizations and family teams.

Donations also came from the silent auction, corporate sponsorships, team registration fees, luminarias and general donations.

“We cannot say thank you enough to everyone who participated in this year’s event to allow us to exceed our goal for the second year in a row,” stated Roode.

Volunteers also play a major factor in planning for this event. The all - volunteer planning committee consisted of Becky Gluesing, Candace Brennan, Carol Mohr, Cynthia Kaczinksi, Dan Bolte, Sally Bolte, Nancy McClimon, Lori Fuller, Jen Gerdes and Roode. The American Cancer Society Staff person is Sherri Moony-Pauli.

Since the Relay For Life of Clinton County was brought to this county, the community has raised $756,339 for patient services, cancer education, research and advocacy.

“When you look at the figures and realize this community, in only 12 short years, has raised over three quarters of a million dollars, you recognize that together we can fight cancer,” stated Roode.

Relay For Life supports the Society’s cancer patient services like the Patient Navigator program, which offers free, confidential assistance to cancer patients and those who care for them. Navigators provide a link between cancer patients and community resources such as transportation, lodging or specific cancer information. Dollars raised from Relay For Life also support early detection and cancer prevention education, and valuable research grants awarded to cancer researchers nationwide and right here in Iowa.

If you would like to have a cancer education program for your business, group or organization, contact Sherri Mooney-Pauli, American Cancer Society staff person, at 1-800-688-0147.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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