Make a difference by attending Relay For Life

To the editor:

If you could prevent even one person from hearing the words, "you have cancer," would you? A once in a lifetime chance to directly impact cancer research is coming to Waconia this summer.

Plans are under way for the American Cancer Society’s 3rd Annual Relay For Life(r) of Waconia taking place at the Carver County Fairgrounds on Aug. 17-18 from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. The money raised at Relay enables the American Cancer Society to deliver on its mission of helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back against the disease.

Relay For Life provides the Society with money to support vital, cutting-edge cancer research, such as the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic in Rochester cancer research projects; provides cancer patients with free beauty tips and supplies through Look Good…Feel Better(r), transportation to treatment, free lodging at Hope Lodge, publishes lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection and tobacco control; and develops a new generation of medicines that help those battling cancer.

Now is the time for individuals, families, community groups, corporations and small businesses to commit their Relay For Life of Waconia team participation. Join us at this special, family friendly event to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost and fight back against the disease. Entertainment, local bands, food vendors and Games2U are just a few of the fun things to experience at Relay For Life of Waconia.

In addition to the activities, all residents of our community have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year and it is happening at Relay For Life of Waconia. Enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place from 6 until 10 p.m.

Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study are encouraged to sign up. Those who choose to enroll will simply fill out a comprehensive health history survey, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure. Participants will periodically be sent a follow-up questionnaire for the next 20 to 30 years.

If you aren’t eligible to participate, you can still make a difference by telling everyone you know about Cancer Prevention Study-3. By spreading the word to enroll participants, you are helping impact research to save lives and celebrate a world with more birthdays.

To register your team for Relay For Life, participate in Cancer Prevention Study-3 or learn how you may volunteer, call 1-800-227-2345, or visit RelayForLife.org/waconiamn.

D.J. Teeselink

Chairwoman

Relay For Life of Waconia

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