Relay for Life set May 1 in Reserve

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Press Release

LAPLACE – What can one person do to fight cancer? Ask one of the two million people working in communities like St. John Parish to reduce the threat of cancer by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Last year, more than 3,000 communities nationwide participated in Relay For Life and raised more than $243 million, making the event the largest fund-raiser in the U.S.

Relay For Life is an overnight fund-raising event filled with activities, food and community spirit. All funds-raised at Relay For Life support American Cancer Society programs designed to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through research, education, advocacy and patient services.

The impact of cancer is clear. More than 8.9 million cancer survivors are living today. This year in the United States, an estimated 1.2 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. Additionally, the disease will kill approximately 552,000 Americans – which means 1,500 people will die of cancer each day.

The St. John Parish Relay For Life will be held May 1, at Joe Keller Memorial Football Stadium.

There is still plenty of time for teams to sign up.

For more information about participating in the St. John Parish Relay For Life, contact Bobbie Zaidain at 652-5672.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem .