Don't ignore donation requests
Published 1:58 pm Monday, March 20, 2006
Please help support our fund - you hear that almost daily. It's easy to keep your hand out of your pockets, turn a blind eye or simply ignore it.
But the fact of the matter is, if we don't help support agencies, such as the breast cancer Web site, then millions of women and men are left hopeless. Without our support there are no funds that go toward research for illnesses.
One of my friends whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer brought to my attention this week that the breast cancer Web site was having trouble getting enough people to click on its site daily to meet quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman.
It takes less than a minute to go to the Web site, www.thebreastcancersite.com, and click on “donate a mammogram.”
The cost is free. The Web site's corporate sponsors and advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate a mammogram in exchange for advertising.
Or, certain events held nationwide, like Relay for Life, aid in cancer research.
Relay for Life in Brewton was held on Saturday.
Team involvement was up this year and residents from Brewton joined in on the celebration recogznizing cancer survivors and honoring those who have died from cancer.
Relay for Life provides an excellent opportunity to inform the community about the work of the American Cancer Society while promoting participation in the event.
Relay for Life is just one of the numerous events the American Cancer Society is involved with.
The events provide the society with benefits that range from communication of its mission, education of the general public about the programs, research and the bringing in of donations and funds that furthers the purpose of the society's existence, which is the elimination of cancer as a major health problem.
Next time somebody asks for a donation, don't turn a blind eye. Stick your hand in your pocket, or click on a Web site and help cure the awful disease that spreads so quickly throughout the world.
We as a community can make a difference in helping, whether it be a golf tournament, walk-a-thon or womanless beauty pageant.
Mary-Allison Lancaster is the managing editor of the Brewton Standard. She can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org