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Find your cancer connection …

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 4:15 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
A letter in the May 8 Tomahawk Leader

Dear Tomahawk Community,

I am an American Cancer Society Relay For Life volunteer from Langlade County with an urgent request:

Become a community known for “taking up the fight against cancer.”

How? Persuade your community to rally around the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. I challenge each of you to find your cancer connection. Is it you directly? Maybe it’s your mother, father, sister, brother, cousin or close friend? How about co-workers, family members or close friends of co-workers? I doubt there are any readers who have not yet found their cancer connection with this simple list of people.

Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. That’s the problem.

You see, cancer knows no bounds and has no limits as to whom it affects. We often say cancer is an “equal opportunity disease,” and the effects are far-reaching and seemingly never-ending. However, the strength of a community, coming together, fighting against cancer through Relay For Life offers a support mechanism. It offers comfort and hope for a cure to all who have been touched by cancer. It is through this celebration of our cancer survivors that we are able to show those yet to hear the dreaded words, “You have cancer,” there is hope for survival – that cancer is not a death sentence.

It is with the lighted candle holders, called luminarias, that we honor and pay tribute to all who have fought, currently battle or will fight cancer in the future. It is through this overnight walk that we show cancer patients and caregivers that through the darkness comes the light of love, comfort, support and, most importantly, hope.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life gives community members the strength to face an unbearable disease. It allows community members to know that they face their cancer head-on, they are not alone. They’ve become a part of that community that is “taking up the fight against cancer.”

It also strongly reinforces the knowledge that through our fund-raising efforts, the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life will be there to provide ongoing support, education and research across the nation. Relay For Life really proves, “There is no finish line until we have a cure!”

Now is the time for your community to take up this fight. It is time for everyone to work together to fight cancer and support your community members who are currently battling cancer, lost someone to cancer or could eventually hear the words, “You have cancer.”

To become involved, please contact: Deborah Richards,

I look forward to walking with you, celebrating with you and mourning with you at your local American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Most of all, I thank you for getting involved because together we can make a difference.

Yours in Hope!
Jill Lewandowski
ACS Volunteer

Re: Find your cancer connection …

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 4:26 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
(Editor's Note: We've been on the phone today with a man who is very frustrated with the American Cancer Society. He has tried in past years to volunteer his services -- has a vast personal experience with cancer and is willing to talk about it -- but did not get an appropriate response when he called. Now he's trying to reach those involved and seems to be hitting the same roadblocks -- either can't get a "real" person and/or they don't return his calls.

He contacted us because The Leader did not include a phone number with the above letter; but nothing more was provided.

We can tell you that a special meeting is planned May 14, at 5:30 p.m., at the William Buedingen Training Center on Hwy. 86 (towards the mill) for people interested in helping revive interest in this year's Tomahawk Relay for Life. The date for the overnight fundraiser has been moved from June to August because interest seemed to be declining among participating teams. The new local coordinator is Deborah Richards and her contact is 715-848-2882, ext. 26 or

Last year's Tomahawk Relay for Life raised $47,000 for the cause. The year before it was $67,000.

Kathy Tobin
Tomahawk Leader