The Birmingham Fire & Rescue members are heating things up, and that’s not just about the fires they put out. And in the process, they are working to benefit the American Cancer Society. In a special charity calendar that they’ve just created, they have posed in order to help raise money. As Nikki Seaborn, communications manager with the Birmingham chapter of the American Cancer Society, said “Not only are these guys handsome, but more importantly, they are community heroes with generous hearts who believe in and support the vision of the American Cancer Society and our Hope Lodge.”
And the firefighters didn’t only take their time to pose. They are serving dinner at the Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge Tuesday night to focus on the lodge’s great work and on the new calendar. The lodge is an amazing location that provides free, overnight accommodations for cancer patients and their families who need to travel for treatment.
In February, 2012 Primerica, the Duluth-based financial services organization, presented to the American Cancer Society a check for $30,000 as a sponsor of Gwinnet County’s 2012 Relay for Life. The Gwinnett Relay is the largest in the world, raising over $2 million in funds for the Cancer Society and bringing more than 10,000 people to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds every year. The 2012 Relay event is scheduled to take place on May 4.
“We are delighted that Primerica is the presenting sponsor for the 2012 Relay For Life in Gwinnett, and we welcome the company’s strong support,” said Bill Manson, the Society’s Area Executive Director for Northeast Georgia. “Primerica has been an enthusiastic corporate supporter of Relay For Life in Gwinnett County for several years, raising funds for Relay and fielding a large team of employees to volunteer to participate in Relay. It’s just wonderful that the company is now supporting us at an even higher level.”
Primerica is the country’s largest independent financial services marketing organization. The company also plans on raising additional funds beyond the $30,000 through other activities related to the Relay team.
The Relay for Life is the key event for the American Cancer Society. Relays will take place throughout the United States in 5,000 sponsoring communities and in a number of off-shore locations as well. Relays take place throughout the night as teams walk around a track all night long as a way to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.
In January, The Morris Hospital Radiation Therapy Center will conduct a program for People taking Cancer Treatments.
The ’Look Good…Feel Better’ program for women will be held at the Morris Hospital Radiation Therapy Center in Morris IL. The program is free of charge and will be held on January 12, at 4pm. for 2 hours. This American Cancer Society program is designed to help deal with chemotherapy and radiation treatment side effects which affect the patient’s appearance. This program is conducted jointly with the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association, and the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association.
To help these women patients deal with hair loss and skin changes, volunteer professional cosmetologists will instruct them about how to use cosmetics. These cosmetic products will be donated by cosmetic companies. Participants will receive complimentary cosmetic kits. In addition, women will be taught how to cover disguise loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories.
The new resource center could also house the “Look Good, Feel Better” program.. In this an American Cancer Society program, trained cosmetologists talk to cancer patients and give active treatment how to apply makeup and how to best to treat skin changes and hair loss. Each patient also receives a makeup kit valued at $250. Bottomley said that “It’s a huge boost for their morale.” The program could take place there once a month.
Donna Rudy, the fund-raising chair for Relay for Life, said that she believes the center is very much required in this locality. “Every person you talk to has had a friend with cancer or been there.” A friend of Donna Rudy’s just passed away because of cancer. She said the “Look Good, Feel Better” program would have really helped her friend. “It would’ve made her feel good, because when you go through chemo you feel rotten,” Rudy remarked. She discussed hair loss and why a wig closet is so important: “Hair is an identity for some people.”
After a building is secured, the American Cancer Society will recruit volunteers to run the center. Each volunteer will be taught about an American Cancer Society programs and trained how to deal with customers. In the future, they hope that the center will be able to serve people for several hours every day.
Lisa Bottomley, a local community manager for the American Cancer Society in North Carolina said that the new resource center in Mount Airy will serve as more than a wig closet and location for cancer information. The building can be used to provide several additional services. They will try to have Internet access so that patients could read the ACS Web site and find information about the disease. There can also be a section with self help books. In Addition supplements and other items would be available to patients. Unfortunately, most people cannot afford the supplements that are needed.
She emphasized that the services would be free for cancer patients. The center will serve all cancer patients, women, men and children.
The American Cancer Society hopes that with the help of the community it will soon be able to open a cancer resource center in Mount Airy, N.C.
The society has cancer resource centers in many communities throughout the country. Currently there is a drive to establish a center in or near Mount Airy.
Lisa Bottomley, local community manager for ACS, said that the center would be a base to disseminate information about cancer and ACS programs. There would be a supply room with prostheses, wigs, scarves, hats and bras given out to cancer sufferers.
There is A mini center in the hospital at Elkin, but the ACS would like one closer to the Forsyth Medical Center and the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center cancer centers.
The center cannot afford to pay rent on a building because the ACS finances all services so that they can be free to local cancer patients and their families. It is looking for someone to donate a space. Once a room or building has been organized the center will need help with things like furniture, a computer, and supplies to run the services.
Southern Tier Healthlink and Amaretto Ranch Breedables donated over $64, 000 to the American Cancer Society. The money was donated through the Portal, Second life. Thousands of virtual residents bought special edition pink and white ponies for one thousand and ten linden, which is a virtual currency that exchanges to about $4.25. The American Cancer Society was surprised at the donation. They just discovered this virtual reality.
Diana Cahill a Regional VP of The American Cancer society said about the donation: “We were absolutely thrilled and it was raised in such an ingenious way. For this amount of money to be raised within 72 hours in a virtual world was absolutely the first of its kind.”
The donations will be used for breast cancer research, and “look good – feel better” meetings for cancer patients.
The Top 5 Youth Per Capita Award was given to Quinnipiac University at the American Cancer Society’s New England Relay For Life College Summit in Marlborough, Mass.
The Top 5 Youth Per Capita Award was given to Quinnipiac because it was one of the top five schools, with between 5, 000-9,999 students, to get the most contributions for Relay For Life. More than 1,100 Quinnipiac students took part in last years relay, and they brought in over than $95,000. These funds will be use for the American Cancer Society’s programs in education, advocacy, research and service.