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The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives and create a world with more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. Through support of the Relay For Life of Simpson County, people here are helping the Society do just that.

According to Heather Cross, event chair for the 2016 Relay For Life of Simpson County, the annual event is a community-based, volunteer-driven fight against cancer with teams organizing and holding fundraisers to raise money for the American Cancer Society. These funds support the Society’s goal of helping people through research to learn what causes cancer, determine ways to prevent cancer, and make new discoveries to cure cancer.

The American Cancer Society is the largest non-governmental funder of cancer research in the U.S., having spent more than $3.6 billion on cancer research since 1946. The Society has played a role in nearly every major cancer breakthrough, including: confirming the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and the link between obesity and multiple cancers; developing drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer; and showing that mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer. Since 1996, Simpson County alone has raised more than one million dollars in the fight against cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Simpson County will be held on April 29, 2016 at the Magee High School Track, beginning at 6:00, but fundraising is already underway.   Visit for information on how to form a team, sponsor, volunteer for the event, or to view a calendar of fundraisers. For additional information on the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit us at


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