May 22, 2014 1:26 pm

May Cancer Demystified

In our community, we are blessed with a true spirit of volunteerism.  Whatever the cause, many of our citizens are ready to help.  In doing so, these volunteers not only support a worthy cause but also gain personal benefits.

The act of volunteering has been found to improve quality of life for both the giver and the receiver.   Producing both mental and physical rewards, volunteerism has been shown to reduce stress, improve health, strengthen community, bring people together, allow individuals to gain experience, give a sense of community responsibility, and allow people to make a difference.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the perfect example of volunteerism and the power of individuals working together toward a common goal— to find a cure for cancer.  The money raised over the years has helped countless doctors and scientists for their cancer research.  Many of the modern miracles in the cancer arena have been discovered by American Cancer Society funded doctors.

The American Cancer Society is responsible for the discovery of the Pap smear test for detection of cervical cancer, for determining the link between tobacco use and cancer, for the use of mammograms for detection of breast cancer, for the administration of the drug tamoxifen for breast cancer, and for the discovery of numerous chemotherapy drugs.  Remarkably, the American Cancer Society has supported 47 Nobel Prize winners for cancer research. These advances have been primarily made possible by volunteers. The world of oncology has truly been shaped and funded by the volunteers of the American Cancer Society.

Nearly everyone is touched in some way by cancer during a lifetime.  Please consider joining the fight at your local Relay For Life event.  The Fort Smith Relay For Life will be held at Ramsey Junior High on Friday, May 30,starting at 6pm.  Come out and cheer on all the local cancer survivors as they take the field to walk their lap unified together as survivors. While you are there, give a donation, walk a lap or two, enjoy a good dinner, and listen to live music as our local volunteers all work together to finish the fight against cancer.


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