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Cancer Survivors Hold Annual Dinner in Salem

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Cancer survivors celebrated the drop in cancer deaths at the annual Survivors Dinner on Saturday at the First Christian Church in Salem.  The Chair of the Survivors Committee of the Salem Relay for Life Kathern Black says the American Cancer Society is working to put itself out of business by striving to make this cancer's last century.  "Cancer death rates in the United States have declined 20-percent, which means they've helped save nearly 1.2-million lives during that time.  More than 400 people a day in the United States are celebrating birthdays not lost to the disease," Black said.

Black says through donations to the American Cancer Society life saving cancer research gets funded, help is provided when people need it, and ACS is fighting for access to quality health care.  She noted the Cancer Society has provided 250,000 free nights at Hope Lodge facilities for patients and caregives traveling for treatment, awarded 290 research and training grants, gave one million free transportation services to cancer patients and supported about 90,000 cancer patients from diagnosis through treatment with the free patient navigator program.  The goal of this year's Relay for Life is $85,000.  "The theme is 'Hope Soaring to New Heights'.   It will be held Friday night, June 28, through Saturday morning, June 29th, at the Salem Community High School track.

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