Residents of Ford/Gray/Hodgeman counties made a giant step toward a cure for cancer June 8 and 9 when they participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Eighty cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) participated in the Victory Walk.


Residents of Ford/Gray/Hodgeman counties made a giant step toward a cure for cancer June 8 and 9 when they participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Eighty cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) participated in the Victory Walk.
    Money raised during the Relay for Life helps fund the American Cancer Society's research, education, advocacy and service programs. Many of which we have locally such as the Loan Closet (free wigs and nutrition), Road to Recovery (transportation needs program for the Radiation Oncology Center) and educational materials. In 2007, more than $3.3 million in grants went to cancer research at University of Kansas, University of Kansas Medical Center and Kansas State University. The American Cancer Society is the largest nonprofit supporter of new cancer research and the largest voluntary health organization fighting cancer in the our country.
    A big thanks to all the support we receive from more than 100 businesses, 250 people who participated on the 21 teams which represented area businesses, churches, 4-H, schools, Medical and organizations. That's not counting approximately 200 residents from Ford, Gray and Hodgeman counties that walked with us. A special thanks to the 102 Dodge City High School freshman summer PE students along with coach Hamilton and his staff, Dodge City Parks and Recreation, National Beef, Aquila Thunder on the Plains riders, Dodge City Police Auxiliary and many other volunteers who helped setup the park for the relay.
    Also, to Peggy Burdick, the Patty Ahern Trio, Charles Turley, Boy Scout Troop 3165, Chuck Drake, Ash-Leigh Drake and Paul Williams for making the evening's ceremonies really special.
    Relay for Life is the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who are battling cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated. We are involved for the same reason — to fight against cancer. If you want to be involved in the 2009 relay, contact Corry Whisman, ACS staff, at (620) 225-0648 or Pat Shrader at (620) 227-7277.
    Thank you! Thank you to all of you for making 2008 Relay for Life a huge success.

ACS Relay for Life Planning Committee and Team Captains
Dodge City