The 2003 Clay County Relay For Life has been awarded the American Cancer Society's Heart of Relay Award (Great Lakes Division) for Cancer Control. The 2003 Relay, held from May 3-4 at the YMCA in Brazil, raised over $25,000 for the fight against cancer.
The American Cancer Society Heart of Relay Awards recognize excellence in different categories of Relay For Life activities. The Cancer Control category focuses on efforts that foster awareness and knowledge of behavioral changes that can lower the risk of certain kinds of cancer. Initiatives this year included Cancer Control Smart Shops that rotated around the county during Relay season. The shops were kits containing literature and samples related to cancer control and prevention. Relay teams for the first time also participated in Tell A Friend, the American Cancer Society breast cancer awareness program. Team members contacted family and friends over the age of 40 to remind them of the importance of having an annual mammogram.
"We set out this year to make 'Prevention' our mantra and to make a tangible difference in the lives of Clay County residents," said Dawn Clinkenbeard, the American Cancer Society's Community Development Director for Clay County. "This award is validation of the exceptional efforts of all the volunteers and sponsors that made this year's Relay such a resounding success."
Plans for the 2004 Clay County Relay For Life are already underway. For more information, please contact the American Cancer Society office at (812) 232-2679 or local chairperson Patti Haase at 448-3483.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. For more, information about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.