July 13, 2008

Cancer Survivors Get Together for Ice Cream

By Rachel Johnson, Aiken Standard, S.C.

Jul. 13--For one brave group of men and women in Aiken County, Saturday was a day to celebrate their successes, lend support to friends and indulge in a cool treat.

What better way to spend an afternoon then laughing with friends over a bowl of Sweet Cow Creamery's tasty treats? For local cancer survivors, Aiken Relay For Life coordinated such an event.

Volunteers from the American Cancer Society's Aiken Relay For Life group came together to offer survivors a chance to network and share their experiences with others who know the trials firsthand.

"It is a chance to create a support network and celebrate victories," said Michael Brazier, American Cancer Society community manager.

The ice cream social served as the second event of this type and, according to Brazier and other volunteers, there are plans to hold one every few months. The success of the first event was tremendous and word spread creating a great turnout for this weekend's event. The ice cream social was held at Millbrook Baptist Church and the ice cream was donated by Sweet Cow Creamery.

The Aiken Relay For life committee fights hard year round to ensure success and to find a cure. Volunteers come together on many occasions throughout the year to reach out to the community and share their support, caring and resources.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based volunteer organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering caused by cancer. The ACS achieves these goals through research, education, advocacy and service. All of the funds raised directly impact education, advocacy and service on a local as well as national level.

Free hot lines, brochures, counseling and more are available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-ACS-2345 or by visiting www.cancer.org. Services available include Hope Lodges, Camps for Kids, Road to Recovery, Look Good ... Feel Better, Man to Man, the Cancer Survivors Network and the Reach to Recovery program. Many of these services are available in Aiken County. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, contact the American Cancer Society.

Those interested in joining the fight against cancer are encouraged to e-mail [email protected] or [email protected] To make a donation, visit www.screlayforlife.org. Every day of the fight is one day closer to finding a cure.

Contact Rachel Johnson at [email protected]


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