Research benefits communities everywhere,” announced Donna Hermann with the American Cancer Society, our guest speaker who was accompanied by Christina Lopez. Our speaker educated all the present Rotarians about the crucial work of this organization which raises funds to be allocated toward research to prevent and cure cancers, and to run programs which ease  some of the difficulties a cancer- struck patient experiences.

Awareness has been raised concerning lifestyle factors contributing to cancer like smoking, diabetes, and obesity; genetic studies are raising the understanding of a person’s risk of developing cancer; new treatments have been discovered and implemented to treat cancer in the least invasive ways, all because of the generous funds raised by the American Cancer Society.

Our speaker also introduced some of the local programs ACS funds such as:

  • Road to Recovery: providing rides to and from treatments to those in need of transportation

  • Look Good Feel Better: teaching make-up and dress up techniques to improve physical appeal

  • Wig Bank: provides a large variety of wigs

  • Hotel Partnership: local hotels provides rooms to traveling patients at a very low cost

We could also volunteers to perpetuate the mission of the American Cancer Society. A big thank you to people like Donna and Christina.We have all been touched by the effects of cancer on a loved one, and it would be amiss not to present an opportunity for all of us to get involved with local events such as Relay for Life and the extravagant Valley of Hope Gala scheduled for October 21, 2017.