Saturday, January 29, 2022

American Cancer Society Saving 500 Lives Per Day



Lisa Honig
Sr. Manager Distinguished Events
American Cancer Society, Marco

New data shows that the American Cancer Society continues to create a world with more birthdays by saving 500 lives per day. In fact, 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer today will survive at least five years. These are encouraging statistics, and they motivate me to work as hard as I can to help finish this fight. I invite you to join me.

So, you may be thinking how do we make this happen? We do it by working together to raise the funds that the American Cancer Society depends on to continue our research into finding cures, preventative measure and treatment options for the millions of men, women and children who suffer from this devastating disease. The funds we raise go towards funding research for breakthroughs that will save lives.

However, research is just one piece of the puzzle — we must also provide support and services for individuals fighting cancer today by making their days easier with less stress so they can focus on their health. These services include our 7x24x365 support center, staffed with experts in their field who provide support and assistance to cancer patients and caregivers. They include access to lodging for individuals undergoing treatment at our Hope Lodges and services such as “Look Good, Feel Better” where women are provided with tips and guidance on how to care for themselves during cancer treatments. Research findings and services provide assistance to our families and friends today and into the future.

There are many ways to support the fight against cancer right here in Marco Island, including attending fundraising events, sponsoring an event, participating in an event, volunteering at an event, volunteering to be on a committee or volunteering to drive a cancer patient to treatments. Your time commitment can be as much or as little as you can afford to give depending on your schedule. We have many volunteer opportunities available and would enjoy discussing the options with you when you visit us at the office.

Our event schedule this year is very full so there is sure to be something that meets your interests and availability:

• The Imagination Ball is set for Feb. 28 at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa and is being presented once again by BMO Harris Bank. We need day of event volunteers to help us with check in, auction and other activities. Tickets and tables are still available if you would like to join us.

• Relay For Life will be a 12-hour event this year and is being presented by Robert J. Flugger. It will be held on April 18 at Mackle Park. We are currently signing up teams and sponsors to participate in our fundraising efforts, and we will need volunteers on the day of the event to help with crowd control, luminaria set-up and our survivor/caregiver luncheon. You will see our teams in the community fundraising, and I hope you will give them your support.

• Luau Against Breast Cancer raises funds for Breast Cancer Research and will be held in October. The committee is forming now, and we are looking for new passionate volunteers to join us to create an amazing event for our guests.

We also have several upcoming events that you may enjoy that are run by local businesses, communities or individuals:

• “Fight Like a Girl Fashion Show” is being held at Bistro Soleil on March 10 and always sells out, so get your tickets right away if you’d like to join us.

• “Shoot Down Kids Cancer” is celebrating its fifth year and will be held at Gulf Coast Clays on March 21. You can sign up for a team or sponsorships now.

• Hideaway Home Tour, Fashion Show and Luncheon is a new event that will be held on April 2 and is sure to be a big hit, so get your tickets early as they are selling fast.

We are always open to hearing about new ideas for events and activities in the community and welcome you to drop by the office to share them with us.

I also want to express our thanks to the Island Country Club Charitable Foundation for hosting a wonderful golf tournament with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society. It was a beautiful, fun-filled day with lots of great golf, food and camaraderie.

So, as you can see there are plenty of ways to help us raise funds that will enable the American Cancer Society to save more lives and create more birthdays. Our events are fun, educational, inspirational and appeal to individuals of all ages. I thank you in advance for considering the opportunity to participate in or volunteer for events that support the American Cancer Society.

This is an ongoing series of columns dedicated to informing the Marco Island Community about the American Cancer Society, the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health concern by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The Marco Island American Cancer Society office is located at 583 Tallwood St, Suite 101 and is open daily from 9AM-5PM. For more information about volunteering or any of the events mentioned in this column please contact Sue Olszak or Lisa Honig at 239-642-8800 ext 3890.

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