Live Band in the Park

A live band performed on the City Park Stage during the Relay For Life event in Audubon.

AUDUBON COUNTY – The final total amount of money raised through the end of September for the 2020 Relay For Life of Audubon County was $34,898!

Officials said, “Thank you to the teams, sponsors and everyone who came out to support the cancer survivors and the fight against cancer! Together, Audubon County is making a difference to cancer survivors in our communities. We couldn’t have done this without you!”

COVID-19 has upended lives and uniquely challenged cancer survivors. Despite COVID-19, cancer hasn’t stopped. In fact, in 2020, more than 1.8 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. One in three Americans will get cancer in their lifetime. This is especially true for Black and Latino communities who navigate vast health disparities and worse cancer outcomes. The American Cancer Society’s groundbreaking research, education, and prevention measures have helped lower the risks of cancer, but those measures are at risk.

“Our mission matters more than ever. The needs of people facing cancer continues and so does our work. The Relay For Life of Audubon County rallied together on Sunday, Sept. 13 to continue to celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. Funds raised at this event and year-round helps us continue the fight against cancer head on,” officials said.

Public support ensures:

• That calls to our 24/7 helpline get answered. This past spring 80 percent of calls to our 24/7 Cancer Helpline were COVID-19 related. Also, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) conducted two surveys to understand its effects on cancer patients and survivors. The results showed that patients were seeing delays in their treatment.

• That research continues. The Society is the largest private, not-for-profit source of cancer research funds in the United States. Our grants program funds innovative research conducted by hundreds of scientists and health care professionals – primarily early in their careers – at institutions nationwide. In the state of Iowa, as of April 21, there are six active grants in effect totaling $2,014,000. A historical look shows that ACS has invested in 296 grants in Iowa in the amount of $33,951,550.

• When a patient’s best resource for treatment is far from home, they have a place to stay. The Hope Lodge program operates in more than 30 locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In Iowa and Nebraska, the Hope Lodge facilities welcomed 4,050 guests (2,555 NE – 1,495 IA) providing over 35,000 nights of lodging. Resources like this save cancer patients and their families over $4.1 million between these two facilities

Cancer patients still need your support. Because cancer research doesn’t stop. Our 24/7 helpline can’t stop. Where we can, we’re continuing to get patients the care and support they need. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, please call 800.227.2345 to get the support needed. We stand together, even when we’re apart. Let’s bring hope to those who need it most. Learn how you can help, visit our website at “Like” our Facebook page “Relay For Life – Audubon County.”

The Relay For Life of Audubon County is still accepting donations and those can be dropped off at Audubon State Bank to Kelley Christensen.

“Please join us in getting us one step closer to ending the pain and suffering of cancer!” officials asked.