Participating in Relay For Life has shown me that there's life after cancer
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) July 29, 2009
The American Cancer Society and MileOne Automotive recently announced the winner of their raffle for a new 2009 Saturn Aura: Diane Bessette-Shore, a resident of Olney, Maryland. The vehicle was donated by MileOne to help the Society celebrate cancer survivorship and raise funds for the nonprofit organization's cancer research and programs.
Since January, thousands of Maryland residents offered raffle tickets to friends, family and coworkers as a way to raise funds for the Society's signature event, Relay For Life. Across the state, more than 50 Relay For Life events are held each year to honor and remember those affected by cancer, encourage early detection of the disease and support legislative issues related to cancer.
Bessette-Shore, a breast cancer survivor, met with MileOne and American Cancer Society representatives last week to accept her raffle prize. She participated in the Society's Relay For Life of Olney, Md., captaining a team that raised more than $1,400 for the organization.
"Participating in Relay For Life has shown me that there's life after cancer," said Bessette-Shore. "It has been a year since I finished receiving chemotherapy, and being the raffle winner is a tremendous way to celebrate my first anniversary as a breast cancer survivor."
MileOne has sponsored the automobile raffle for the Society's Relay For Life for the past nine years, offering a Volkswagen Beetle, PT Cruiser, two Mercedes C-Classes, Saturn VUE, Jeep Liberty Sport, Saturn Relay, Saturn Outlook and Saturn Aura. The automotive group's sponsorship of the Society's Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events has raised more than $2 million for cancer research and community programs, including early detection efforts, transportation assistance and lodging.
"The MileOne family is committed to giving back to the community, and we are proud to partner with the American Cancer Society to increase cancer awareness and raise dollars for fighting the disease," said Jerry Fader, president and chief operating officer of MileOne Automotive. "In Baltimore and across Maryland, our employees participate in the Society's Relay For Life events in order to educate others on the importance of early detection and cancer prevention."
About The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
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