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Grundy County Relay for Life scheduled

March 9, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

With the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Season now upon us, the American Cancer Society would like to remind everyone how important these events are in the fight against cancer. Thousands of Iowans benefit from the money that is raised at your local Relay for Life.

Research Currently, 12 cancer researchers in Iowa are funded by the American Cancer society at a total of 6.9 million. No single nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization in the US has invested more to finds the causes and cures of cancer than the American Cancer Society.

Lodging The Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Iowa City provides home-away-from-home for cancer patients at no cost. For months now, the Hope Lodge has been running at a maximum capacity, and saves cancer patients over $1 million annually in lodging costs. The American Cancer Society has also been leading the way in working the Iowa Lodging Association in making hotel rooms across Iowa available to cancer patients at no cost. Currently, more that 30 hotels are part of the program providing thousands of room nights available greatly reducing the financial burden of cancer to patients and their families.

The toll-free 800 number and website Not only is the American Cancer Society in your community fighting cancer, but in your home, as well. In 2013, over 1 million calls were made to our toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345, for information, help, or maybe just someone to talk to. Our website,, receives about 25 million visitors annually, and is recognized as one of the leading resources for online cancer research.

The American Cancer Society began its work in 1913, when cancer was a certain death sentence. Thanks to the American Cancer Society volunteers the five-year survival rate for all cancers is now 68%. Since the 1990s, that's 350 more lives saves each and every day. We could not do the work we do without the more than 5400 outstanding volunteers we have in Iowa.

The ACS 2014 Grundy County Relay for Life will be held on Friday, June 13. from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Grundy Center High School track. For more information on how to get involved with the American Cancer Society in Grundy County, contact Neal Bohnet at 515-215-1093 or In Grundy County contact Becki Jo Shuey at 319-824-6340.



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