2013-01-17 / Front Page

Kickoff for ACS Relay for Life set for Jan. 31 at First Assembly

The 2013 Lincoln County American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life will kick off Thursday, January 31, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center at First Assembly of God.

This year’s theme is “‘Toon’ing Out Cancer,” which means that each team will plan events and decorate its campsite using its favorite cartoon characters.

All event volunteers and committee members are encouraged to gather at First Assembly to officially launch their fundraising efforts for the year.

The rally will feature games, refreshments, a look back at the 2012 Relay for Life, and a celebration of the possibilities for 2013.

This will also provide volunteers an opportunity to register a team for the relay, which is scheduled for Friday, May 17, starting at 6:30 p.m. The location has yet to be determined.

Last year, Lincoln County Relay for Life teams raised approximately $18,500 for the fight against cancer.

During the evening, members of 10 teams walked around the track to show support for the ACS and its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

Prior to the relay, close to 90 cancer survivors attended a banquet given in their honor.

“As the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay for Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate the lives of individuals who have survived cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease,” stated Karen Lewis, area ACS director.

“Relay for Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches – people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the ACS’s vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

In other items of information, Lewis noted that January is “National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.”

“It’s time to be completely committed to beating cervical cancer,” she said. “Through early detection by routine screenings, women are able to prevent most cervical cancers.”

Close to 100 percent of women diagnosed in a pre-cancer state will survive the disease. However, an estimated 134 women in Georgia will still die this year. Unfortunately, due to late detection, Black and Latina women are at even greater risk.

According to Lewis, early detection, through routine screenings in the United States, has reduced cervical cancer to less than one percent of cancer deaths since the introduction of the Pap test in 1943. Regular Pap tests are recommended for all women within three years of becoming sexually active, but no later than 21 years of age.

For more information about the kickoff or cervical cancer, call the Augusta ACS office at 706-731- 0152.

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