As you read this column, we will have just held our American Cancer Society Adams County Relay For Life event this past weekend at Oakside Community Park in Biglerville. Because our monthly columns are due a week prior to publication I am not able to report information from our event but I can tell you that we have a “wrap-up picnic celebration” scheduled for Thursday, June 6 at, 6 p.m. at the picnic pavilion closest to the amphitheater at the park. We like to get together after the event to talk about how things went and evaluate the event by looking at it with a “Way to Go, Where to Grow” planning model. If you attended our event, we thank you and we invite you to be part of planning for 2020. You are welcome to contact me at . We’d love to have new members on our planning committee.

I want to take a few minutes to let you know how your donations to our Relay For Life event as well as other donations you might make to the American Cancer Society are put to work. A donation of $25 can provide a ride during cancer treatment or to a follow-up appointment. It could help one person get free information, support, and access to resources through our 24/7 helpline at 1-800-227-2345 or one live chat at

A donation of $50 could help provide a breast cancer patient with one-on-one peer support from a breast cancer survivor in our Reach to Recovery program. A $50 donation could help provide patients and caregivers with a night of free lodging at an American Cancer Society owned Hope Lodge when they have to travel for cancer treatment.

A donation of $130 could provide wigs to two patients in treatment.

A donation of $500 could help provide a personalized information kit to 25 newly diagnosed cancer patients.

These are not all of the American Cancer Society’s free patient services that are made possible by events like the Relay For Life, but just a sampling of what is done with the money raised by our individuals, teams and sponsors who participate in this signature fundraising event.

If you or anyone you know finds themselves facing any type of cancer diagnosis please know that you do not have to face it alone. Our trained cancer information specialists stand ready to give you the most up-to-date information about the type of cancer you are facing, treatment option information, and help that may be available to you in your community whether through the American Cancer Society or other community programs. I encourage you to take a look at our website, to familiarize yourself with all of the information and services that are available to anyone facing a cancer diagnosis as well as family members, friends and the community. The American Cancer Society is a trusted source of up-to-date cancer information that can help immensely in a moment of need.

Connie Woodruff is the American Cancer Society Relay For Life staff partner for the Adams County, Greencastle, Mercersburg and Chambersburg Relay For Life events. She can be contacted at

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