Help support Relay For Life

Published 12:12 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2007

By Staff
In less than a week, two public figures - the wife of a presidential candidate and one of the most prominent faces in the Bush administration - have announced they are battling cancer a second time.
Elizabeth Edwards, whose husband John Edwards is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, has seen her breast cancer spread to her bones, while presidential press secretary Tony Snow's colon cancer has spread to his liver.
Both forms of the disease are treatable - but not curable.
Their stories represent just two of the thousands of people who will find out this year that they will be battling the disease.
Thousands of people will be praying for both Snow and Edwards and their families.
But there is also something more we can do to spread awareness of cancer prevention and to raise money for cancer treatment and research.
Several teams of people are working hard to raise money this year for the Brewton Relay For Life event.
Relay For Life, to be held on April 28 this year, is an all-night event at the YMCA. Teams of people pool their resources and creativity to raise money in a variety of ways. This year, teams have auctioned items and sold food at various events in the community, and one team is even planning to have raise sponsor money by picking up trash on city streets.
These tireless team members do it all for one reason: to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
The ACS uses the funds to offer support to those with cancer and their families, and it uses the money to help fund research into treatments for cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are some startling statistics about cancer in our country:

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