'Cancer Doesn't Stop and Neither Will We' Walk: Luminaria Slideshow to Pay Tribute to Loved Ones

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'Cancer Doesn't Stop and Neither Will We' Walk: Luminaria Slideshow to Pay Tribute to Loved Ones


Byline: Kim Becker kbecker@dailyherald.com

Hearing the word cancer come out of the doctor's mouth is devastating. The world suddenly goes quiet and all you hear are the words echoing around in your head.

Feelings ricochet from fear to anger and finally to determination to fight no matter how hard the battle may seem. At times, people diagnosed may even feel alone, that no one understands their wide range of emotions.

But the American Cancer Society wants to make sure no one ever feels alone. Your battle is its war.

The American Cancer Society, founded in 1913 by 10 doctors and five laypeople in New York City, invests hundreds of millions of dollars every year to fight cancer on a global scale.

A Relay For Life event is a way to inspire hope by raising funds and cancer awareness to help those facing the disease. It is a tribute to those who have been lost to cancer and a celebration for those who have survived it.

To continue to support the mission of the American Cancer Society, a Virtual Relay For Life of Northern DuPage and Northwest Cook Counties will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 12, on the group's Facebook page.

To watch, go to facebook.com/RelayForLifeNorthernDuPageNWCook/.

This Relay For Life includes the towns of Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Elk Grove Village, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Medinah, Itasca, Roselle, Schaumburg and Streamwood.

We talked to Carol Kurczak of Roselle, a cancer survivor herself, about the organization and the upcoming event.

Q: What is the American Cancer Society? Give a brief overview of what the organization does and whom you serve.

A: The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. We have regional and local offices throughout the country to ensure we have a presence in every community.

While most people know us for our research, we do so much more. We attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer. We research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. We fight for lifesaving policy changes.

We provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information. And we do it all 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Today, almost 1,700 people in the U.S. will die of cancer. That adds up to more than 600,000 Americans dying of cancer this year alone. That's why, with our 1.5 million volunteers, we are taking action.

We work with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join our mission. From basic information about cancer and its causes to in-depth information on specific cancer types including risk factors, early detection, diagnosis and treatment options you'll find it at cancer.org.

We can even find you a free ride to treatment or a free place to stay when treatment is far from home.

Q: Where do the majority of your donations come from?

A: The society raises nearly all of its money through private, individual donations, which helps to ensure its independence.

We've invested more than $4.9 billion in cancer research since 1946, all to find more and better treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer and improve cancer patients' quality of life.

Q: Tell us about the Virtual Relay For Life. How does it work?

A: Normally, a Relay For Life lasts six hours, or even overnight, often at a high school track. We will present a Virtual Relay on our Facebook page live from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 12. Watch at the Relay For Life of Northern DuPage Facebook page. …

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