Get involved in Relay for Life

To the editor of The Democrat:

Brown County is gearing up for Relay for Life, which will be held May 21 at the Brown County High School track.

Now is the time for teams to form and start their fundraising.

Those who cannot join a team can still support the effort by making a donation, sponsoring the event or encouraging survivors to register.

Get going by going to or calling 812-325-6651 or attending the next Relay for Life meeting April 6 at 6 p.m at the Brown County Public Library.

Why do we fundraise? While the American Cancer Society is making progress toward a world without cancer, only with your dedication and fundraising efforts can we finish the fight against the disease.

With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer; we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay For Life experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.

Contributions make a difference.

Research: For more than 65 years, the American Cancer Society has been finding answers that save lives — from changes in lifestyle, to new approaches in therapies, to improving cancer patients’ quality of life. No single nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization in the U.S. has invested more to find the causes and cures of cancer.

Hope Lodge: Where to stay and how to afford accommodations are immediate concerns for cancer patients who must travel away from home for the best treatment. American Cancer Society Hope Lodge facilities provide a free and comfortable place for patients and their caregivers to stay, so they can focus on getting well.

Road To Recovery: Cancer patients frequently cite transportation to and from treatment as one of their most critical needs. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program matches cancer patients with specially trained volunteer drivers.

Look Good … Feel Better: This free service teaches beauty techniques to women battling cancer to help them improve their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer beauty professionals demonstrate makeup techniques, nail care, skin care, and options related to hair loss.

Reach To Recovery: The Reach To Recovery support program matches specially trained breast cancer survivors with people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want to talk to someone who has been there. These dedicated volunteers offer understanding, support and hope.

For more information about these services, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

Kim Maus, Brown County

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