Thursday, January 31, 2013

Relay for Life Kick Off: February 11th

The Darke County Relay for Life Committee is gearing up for this year’s Kick Off Celebration which will be Monday, February 11th. The one hour event will begin at 6:30 pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, which is located at 4267 State Route 502, Greenville. This year’s theme for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is “Don’t Monkey Around--We’re Wild About Finding A Cure”.

Everyone is invited to attend to this event in which you’ll learn more about the program and ways you can help. Remember the Relay For Life is a community-based event where the local residents work together to raise awareness, research funding, network with cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends.

Relay events take many volunteers to organize as well as work the two day event which will be held on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th at Heritage Park in Versailles. There are many dedicated volunteers from the past years that would love your help in making this year’s Relay event the most celebrated to date. Please consider helping with the following committees; Team Recruitment, Survivorship/Caregiver, Luminaria, Health Promotions, Food, Publicity, Entertainment & Activities, Auction, Financial & Registration, Sponsorship, Advocacy, and Fundraising.

The event co-chairs are Lois Lyons ( or 937/526-9744) and Dawn Sanders ( or 937/564-5959). These ladies can be contacted if you have questions or you may contact Mark Kaufman, American Cancer Society at or 888-227-6446 ext 4209. You may also register online at

The risk of development cancer in one’s lifetime for men is slightly less than 1 in 2 while women the risk is a little more than 1 in 3. These are US lifetime risk statistics and admittedly very sobering. However statistics also show that 2 in every 3 people diagnosed with cancer survive at least 5 years. Much of this is a result of what we know today, with research, prescreening and today’s medical advancements.

In fact cancer risk research has estimated being overweight or obese likely raises a person’s risk of getting at least 13 types of cancer because it may negatively affect the body’s immune system and inflammation, the body’s levels of certain hormones and proteins and how the body’s cells grow and divide. It is further estimated that 1 in 3 cancer deaths occur from excess body weight, poor nutrition and/or physical inactivity. Education encourages personal responsibility of one’s health.

Submitted by Kathy Magoto

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