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Relay for Life of Ennis benefits all aspects of fighting cancer

Local group puts ‘heart and soul’ into ambitious fundraising
With the fourth annual Ennis Relay for Life event coming up Friday, capping off local American Cancer Society (ACS) fundraising efforts, the bases have been covered –– from car washes and garage sales to bake sales and raffles.
Yet for all the hoopla among relay teams and their supporters, many working out of the determination that comes from personal experience with cancer, others may wonder what it’s all about and where the money raised really goes.
“All funds go to benefit cancer research,” is Relay For Life sponsorship co-chair Jerry Wester’s swift response, adding that the money “is imperative to cureing this awful disease.”
Each year Ennis Relay has met its projected fundraising goal, and this year will be no exception. The mark of $110,000 is the 2008 goal.
“We have many committee members, team captains and team members who put heart and soul into this event on behalf of a loved one,” she said. “So many of them have been touched by this horrible disease and Relay is their way of making a difference.”
She acknowledged Ennis Relay is extremely close to its goal, raising $104,000 as of April 21, but that there are many ongoing fundraisers leading up to the night of the event, set for this Friday, April 25. From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the Ennis Junior High Stadium.
This year Ennis Relay For Life has a new regional ACS Representative –– Molly Rutty of Dallas –– who also got involved because cancer struck close to home; her father has been diagnosed with the disease and is fighting it hard.
Asked about monies raised for scientific research to find a cure for cancer, Rutty said it has far-reaching impact.
“Money raised from Relay For Life events benefits the entire community, region, state and nation,” she said. “These benefits manifest themselves in many ways. Like through patient services with durable medical equipment, through our Cancer Survivors Network, through educational materials like early detection guidelines and cancer information newsletters and through research programs that allocate funds to specialists dedicated to finding a cure. Also through resources that are available to everyone, such as the 800-ACS-2345 toll-free 24-hour hotline for cancer information and our easy to access website, www.cancer.org.”
Rutty emphasized that ACS benefits everyone.
“The work of the American Cancer Society reaches everyone regardless of socioeconomic status, location, gender, race or education,” she said. “We pride ourselves in being the world’s largest volunteer community health organization, knowing that when someone hears the dreaded words “You have cancer”, we are a place he or she can turn.”
EDN Community Editor Candie Beck-Adams and Ennis Relay for Life Publicity Committee Laision Laurie Wilson contributed to this report.

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