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American Cancer Society celebrates strength of survivors

American Cancer Society celebrates strength of survivors

June 1st, 2011 by Democrat Staff in News

The American Cancer Society would like to extend an invitation to cancer survivors and a guest to a celebration dinner. An invitation is also extended to caregivers, whether they are currently caring for a cancer patient, or have lost a loved one to cancer. On Monday, June

The ACS is hosting the 11th Annual Relay For Life of Moniteau County Survivor/Caregiver Dinner at 6 p.m. Monday, June 13, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Tipton.

Entertainment will be provided by The Marks family and a special activity is also planned. The ACS will offer a complimentary meal to each survivor, caregiver and guest. Attendees will enjoy Burgers' Smokehouse Ham and Honeysuckle White Turkey, complete with the trimmings.

The Survivor/Caregiver Dinner is a kick-off event hosted the week of the local Relay For Life, the organization's signature activity. Relay offers everyone in the community the opportunity to fight back against cancer.

"We are very excited about this year's Cancer Survivor/Caregiver Dinner," said Rae Ann Shackleford, Event Chair. "We are looking forward to paying tribute to the tremendous personal journey that cancer survivors and patients have been on. Every survivor and caregiver is invited, whether they were diagnosed yesterday or 30 years ago. For the newly diagnosed, Relay offers the opportunity to meet others who have survived the same type of cancer. For those in treatment, Relay provides an opportunity to share with others. For the long-term survivor, Relay brings communities recognition of the struggle and closure to a trying time in their life."

"At Relay, and at the Survivor/Caregiver Dinner, everyone understands the challenges that cancer survivors have overcome and there is peace of mind knowing that together we can face the challenges ahead," said Christina McMillian, Survivor Chair.

Space at the dinner is limited, therefore, reservations are required and must be made by May 31.

For more information or to make a reservation, call ASC Staff Partner Kami Delameter at 800-635-9194 or email at; or call McMillian at 573-694-2536 or email at; or call Shackleford at 573-796-3139.

Available at KRLL, California, are participant forms, luminaria bags and forms, Sun & Moon donation forms and relay yard signs.

To learn more about the ACS's research, prevention, advocacy, patient services and early detection programs, call 800-227-2345 or visit