Editor's note: 2012 Relay for Life Chair Val Bell provided this column about what Relay for Life does for Colquitt County.

Relay for Life in Colquitt County is gearing up for the 2012 event. This year the theme is “Dancing in the Streets for Life.”

We are looking forward to holding the Relay event this year in downtown Moultrie on the courthouse square. Our Relay committee has been planning to make this event an enjoyable, safe, and meaningful time for our community.

Last year was a great event! Our community raised a whopping $94,587 for the fight against cancer. Thank you, Colquitt County, for your support and your passion for fighting cancer. And thank you to all of the cancer survivors, their caregivers, families, and the dedicated volunteers who make Relay such a success every year.

The American Cancer Society is hard at work in our county, helping cancer patients survive through improved detection and treatment, improving the quality of their lives with services and programs, and providing support and assistance to their families and caregivers.

The money raised by American Cancer Society events in Colquitt County, such as Relay for Life, help fund the cancer-fighting programs that help every cancer patient and caregiver in your community.

ACS is committed to creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays for everyone, and incredible progress is being made. There are nearly 12 million cancer survivors alive in the United States today.

The American Cancer Society fights every cancer, every day, in every community. And the money raised through Relay for Life in Colquitt County helps fund such programs locally such as Reach To Recovery, which links newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with breast cancer survivors to help them cope with cancer; and more. Thanks to funds raised at Relay and other events, cancer patients and their caregivers in Colquitt County have 24/7 access to:

• The society’s toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, where trained specialists provide the latest cancer information and links to community-based resources any hour of the day or night.

www.cancer.org, the most comprehensive cancer information site in the world.

• Cancer Survivors Network that puts cancer patients in touch with each other.

• Lodging at Hope Lodge, which provides a free home away from home for out-of-town cancer patients while they’re undergoing treatment.

• The latest in cancer detection and treatment, thanks to ongoing cancer research and the society’s investment of $3.5 billion in cancer research.

ACS has been in the forefront of every major cancer breakthrough, and it’s probably safe to say that every cancer survivor in Colquitt County has been saved by a development the American Cancer Society has funded.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, volunteer-driven organization with a local presence in thousands of communities nationwide. Everything the society does is designed to improve the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers at the local level in every community.

ACS partners with hospitals, doctors, churches, schools, civic organizations and others to provide the best possible education, prevention and support programs right in this community.

ACS also is in the forefront of breakthroughs in research and treatment that will save more lives and advance our mission to find a cure for cancer. Right here in Georgia, ACS has research grants in effect at institutions statewide totaling more than $10 million.

With the help of Colquitt County residents, the American Cancer Society is making a difference every day in this community and throughout the state and nation, and advancing its mission to ultimately eliminate cancer. We all benefit when we come out to Relay for Life and support the society’s fight to stamp out cancer.

Thanks to Colquitt County and their efforts each year, we’re moving even closer to creating a world with a lot less cancer and many more birthdays for everyone. Keep up the fight, Colquitt County!

We hope to see everyone at Relay for Life 2012!


Val Bell is the 2012 chair for Relay for Life in Colquitt County. Reach her at vbell@colquitt.k12.ga.us or 229-873-1974.

Tiffany Peterson is the co-chair. Reach her at tpeterson@colquitt.k12.ga.us .


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