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Relay For Life - a must for cancer survivorship

Published:Wednesday | June 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Cancer Society's Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives every Jamaican the opportunity to evacuate their homes, their offices and their communities and unite for a common cause in the fight against cancer.

The true spirit of volunteerism throughout Jamaica has grown tremendously over the years through Relay for Life, now in its 12th year. This event has successfully brought Jamaicans together in one single night to celebrate cancer survivorship, the resilience and determination of those individuals who continue to inspire and reaffirm the mission of the Jamaica Cancer Society, and in a more personal way, reinforce the need for everyone to continue to fight back.

The Society is also using the opportunity to remember loved ones who fought, but lost the battle to the disease - these angels are gone but certainly not forgotten.

Through Relay For Life, Jamaica now contributes to the global fight against cancer, as a portion of the funds raised is channelled through the American Cancer Society to support global research.

Worldwide, approximately two thirds of all cancer deaths could have been prevented or the risk significantly reduced by changes in lifestyle, such as proper diet and nutrition, physical activity, non-use of tobacco, and limited alcohol consumption.

The Cancer Society's messages of early detection through ongoing screening and public-health education are the primary reasons why celebrating cancer survivorship at Relay for Life is a reality.

community intervention

The Society craves your support at this event, which will enable it to expand its community intervention programmes and upgrade well-needed life-saving equipment in its clinic at 16 Lady Musgrave Road.

The Jamaica Cancer Society would like to invite every Jamaican family and corporate organisation to form their teams and come out to the Police Officer's Club this Saturday, June 14, to relay for a cause.

Call the Cancer Society at 927-4265 for more information or visit its website at www.jamaicacancersociety.org. Follow them on Facebook and on Twitter.