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Lap of Hope to kick off Relay for Life

May 31, 2012
Dysart Reporter

Shane Lawton, a cancer survivor, says, "It's beatable," when referring to a cancer diagnosis. He was only four years old when he faced it, but lives every day as proof that cancer can be treated successfully. He is proud to be a cancer survivor and anticipates the celebration of many more birthdays.

The special Survivors Lap, which opens the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tama County, honors folks like Shane and others who have defeated cancer. Survivors will join together to take the Relay's opening lap, unified in victory and hope, while the rest of the event's participants surround the track to cheer them on. The Relay for Life of Tama County will be held at 6 P.M., June 15-16, at the South Tama H.S. track, 1715 Harding St. in Tama .

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Tama County, please contact Karen Symonds - Dysart 319-476-7762, Linda Goos - Gladbrook 641-473-2776 , Ashley Bolen - Tama/Toledo 641-484-7304, or Luane Lorenzen Traer 319-231-0820, or call your local office of the American Cancer Society at 888.266.2071 ext 7109.

"I thank God I am still here," states Sara Zeien of Traer. The Relay for Life of Tama County offers everyone the opportunity to show their thankfulness for our progress in the fight against cancer. It is held at the South Tama H.S. track where individuals or teams walk with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event.

Relay For Life is a unique grassroots fundraising event in which individuals and teams of participants in nearly 5,100 communities nationwide walk around a track to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost, and commit to fight back against the disease. The money raised through Relay For Life supports the American Cancer Society's efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, the American Cancer Society fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Lives are saved by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, the American Cancer Society turns what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about the American Cancer Society or to get help, call anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit



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