Letter to the editor: Relay for Life, new center brings hope to cancer patients

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By The Staff

Relay time is right around the corner. It will be held May 28 and 29 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the Owen County Park. As a county, we have so much to celebrate. We have more teams than ever, fund-raising is better than ever and most importantly we just opened the Owen County Cancer Resource Center Sunday.

This will be a great asset to our community as most cancer resource centers are found in large treatment hospitals. The Cancer Resource Center is available to all our citizens and those in surrounding areas as well. The center will provide wigs, bras, prosthesis and program information free of charge to any cancer patient or their caregiver. Located in the New Horizons Medical Center’s front hallway, it is staffed by volunteers and will be open Monday 4-6  p.m. and Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. until noon.

I’d also like to clear up some misinformation from last week’s Relay for Life article. Relay for Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society. It is a 12-hour event that promotes awareness and raises money for the American Cancer Society. Our goal this year is $63,500 and to date we have raised nearly $34,000. The American Cancer Society then uses that money for research, treatments and patient services, such as wigs, prostheses, etc. Relay itself does not provide these items. Additionally, the American Cancer Society is the No. 1, non-government research entity with Nobel-prize winning researchers, not Relay for Life.

I hope to see each of you this year as we celebrate “Relay Around the World.” For more information, please visit the Owen County page at www.relayforlife.org/owenky or call us at (502) 750-7094.

Jennifer Duncan, Event Chair

Relay for Life Owen County