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Reece thankful for awareness of Relay for Life

Dear Editor:

I wanted to take a moment and thank the Tomahawk for making people more aware of the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society’s 100th Year Celebration of Hope on May 17th. We are excited about the event this year and look forward to honoring our Johnson County cancer survivors. I have enjoyed reading about special people who have shared their stories of fighting cancer.

We have so many caring people and cancer has touched so many lives. That is why I support the ACS Relay for Life and the Johnson County Cancer Support group. They each have roles to play and are both very important and provide excellent services. Our local Cancer Support Group has helped so many by providing immediate needs like transportation costs, ensure, medicine and compassionate care. Flo and Bobby and everyone who supports the group have a big place in my heart.
The American Cancer Society provides hope for a cure with research for treatments and medications and how to help people in the least invasive, comfortable way possible. They also provide grants each year to hospitals so when you see the social worker and get vouchers for daily travel, part of this comes from ACS. For example from September 2010 to August 2011, 168 transportation grants were given to Johnson County patients and nine stayed at Hope Lodges through ACS. They coordinate air travel, lodging and do a lot of work in early detection and prevention as well as lobbying for life changing laws. This year the Road to Recovery is up and running in Johnson County through A.C.S. to provide transportation by our volunteers to and from treatments. Hats, wigs and pillows are also available here in town.

It takes everybody working together to make a difference and like the Tomahawk, I am just happy to be one of the many who wants to help.

Thank you again for all you do,
Temple Reece

Thank you again for all you do,
Temple Reece