TYLER SELECTED AS CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3 LOCATION
Tyler, TX - Officials with the American Cancer Society announced that Tyler has been selected to participate in a new cancer prevention study. The American Cancer Society is recruiting 500,000 adults who have never had cancer from across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark new research study - Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).
Enrollment will take place on October 5 at 5 p.m. at the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Smith County at Tyler Junior College's Pat Hartley Field.
"Those who enroll will benefit from the unique opportunity to participate first hand in a landmark new cancer research study. This is an opportunity for those of us who have never been diagnosed with cancer to actively get involved in research, to help prevent cancer for this and future generations. You can only sign up to be a part of the study at this year's Relay," said Patty Steelman, event chair.
Individuals may choose to participate if they are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old, have never been diagnosed with cancer, and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing a follow-up questionnaire every few years). CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer.
Enrollment for the CPS?3 Study starts at 5:00 p.m. A Survivor Reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., and Senator Kelvin Eltife will kick off the Relay For Life at 7:00 p.m. Otis and the Metros and others will provide entertainment for the all night event.
Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life - including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers - to join together to fight cancer. Relay For life reminds us that progress has been made in the fight against cancer and that everyone who participates is making a difference. Teams of enthusiastic citizens will gather to join the fight against cancer from 7:00 p.m. on October 5 until 7:00 a.m. on October 6.
Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) walk or use a wheelchair complete the first lap. This is an emotional time that sets the stage of the importance of each participant's contribution. A festive atmosphere develops around the track. As walkers make new friends and spend time with old ones, the Relay heats up and the camp-out begins. An atmosphere of camaraderie is created with team members entertaining each other: eating, playing games and, of course, walking for a great cause.
Highlighting the evening is the luminaria ceremony that takes place at 9 p.m. to honor cancer survivors and to remember those we have lost. Luminaria (a lantern consisting of a lighted candle set in sand inside a paper bag) line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the importance of their efforts.
"The funds raised will enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through educational programs, research, advocacy, and services to patients," said Ms. Steelman. "Money raised by sponsors and participants comes back to our community by directly benefiting all of the American Cancer Society's lifesaving programs."
Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available online at www.acsevents.org/relay/smithcounty or call the American Cancer Society at 903-597-1383. For more information about cancer, call the American Cancer society's 24-hour help-line at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.