As the American Cancer Society celebrates 100 years of saving lives and creating more birthdays for men, women and children around the world, I cannot help but look forward to all that is left to do. In the past few weeks, I have heard from many of our neighbors about friends, loved ones and co-workers who have recently been diagnosed with some form of cancer. The question from all of those caring individuals is, “what can I do to help?” Of course, there are immediate needs like finding the right doctor, deciding on a course of treatment and helping them with everyday tasks like picking kids up from school or going to the grocery store. But that is not going to help us finish the fight so that we can take the word cancer out of our vocabulary once and for all.
How can you make a difference so that our kids and grandkids do not ever have to hear the words ‘you have cancer’? If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 and never had cancer, you can enroll in one of the largest research studies of its kind to help the researchers of the American Cancer Society find a cure. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to participate right here on Marco Island in Cancer Prevention Study 3(CPS3). Make your appointment today to join me on June 13th at our new Physicians Regional Clinic between the hours of 10AM and 2PM and be one of 300,000 other Americans who want to be able to say I am helping to find a cure.
To make your appointment go to www.seeuthere.com/cps3enroll/naplesfl and follow the instructions for selecting your appointment time and to complete the online survey. When you come to your appointment you will be asked to sign a consent (acknowledging that this is a 20 year survey and we will contact you periodically for updates), provide a waist measurement and give a blood sample. The entire process will take less than 30 minutes.
If the Marco Island date does not work for you, there are appointments available at Physicians Regional Pine Ridge on June 11th or Physicians Regional Collier Blvd. on June 12th. I cannot stress enough how important this is for future generations and how much all of us at The American Cancer Society appreciate your support.
I also wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who supported our car wash and to Lisa Kelly at Progressive Auto and her staff for making it possible. Finally, thank you to everyone who attended our Open House last week in recognition of the 100th Birthday of the American Cancer Society. It is our volunteers, business leaders and friends in the community who give their time to support our mission that will allow us to find ways to prevent, treat and cure cancer. To make that happen, we are busy planning events for the summer and next year, and I plan to announce them in my next column – so stay tuned!
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 problem 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, Unit 101 and is open daily from 9AM-5PM.
For more information about volunteer opportunities, events and services please contact Lisa Honig at 239-642-8800 ext. 3891.