Relay for Life donations help community members

Through the generous contributions to the Relay for Life events, the American Cancer Society is saving lives by helping stay well and get well by finding cures and fighting back against cancer.

 

Posted on August 2, 2013

By Lori Kesinger

Through the generous contributions to the Relay for Life events, the American Cancer Society is saving lives by helping stay well and get well by finding cures and fighting back against cancer. The ACS has had a hand in nearly every major cancer research breakthrough of the last century.

The contributions have helped develop guidelines for recommended cancer screenings, nutrition, and physical activity so people know what tests are needed to find cancer early and how to help prevent the disease. Cancer patients have been assisted with transportation to and from their treatments, and offered help with free lodging when receiving treatment far from home. Patients are connected with thousands of different treatment options through the ACS clinical trials matching service, and helped through the many systems they encounter through the ACS Patient Navigator program.

Baker resident, Darlene Domagala, can testify to the validity of the American Cancer Society and their assistance to local cancer patients. Domagala is in her third year of treatment for a type of slow progressing leukemia, and has to travel to Glendive once a month for five days to receive chemotherapy. She was put in contact with the American Cancer Society, and has received assistance for travel expenses. Domagala said, “It’s very important for people to know this money does come back, and to just let someone know you need help.” Domagala was also connected to further resources and help for her specific cancer through the ACS.

Community members dealing with cancer in need of assistance can contact Linda Moore at 406-778-3537. or Janell Labelle, ACS Staff member for Fallon County at 406-360-5856.

      



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