Published May 21, 2019
Volume 3, Number 5

American Cancer Society's Relay for Life

of Tri-Valley Saves Lives

By Hacienda Pulse Staff Writer

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Relay For Life of Tri-Valley, a 24-hour noncompetitive walk, is the local fundraising event that brings together communities from all over the region to fight against cancer. In late June Tri-Valley families and friends will come together once again to celebrate survivors, remember those lost to cancer, and help ACS continue its fight.

“By taking what we’ve learned through research and translating it into action, we’ve contributed to a 26 percent decrease in the overall US cancer death rate since 1991,” says says Anh Nguyen, Community Development Manager in the Walnut Creek office of the American Cancer Society (ACS). “That means that we helped avoid nearly 2.4 million cancer deaths during that time.”

The Relay For Life of Tri-Valley event provides a great opportunity for businesses of all sizes to engage with the community. Participation shows customers and employees a company’s commitment to their well-being as well as leadership in the fight against cancer. “The event provides employees a platform to give back and have quality team development,” notes Nguyen. “Since one in three consumers say that they are more likely to purchase a product or service if it’s partnered with our brand, the participating businesses will increase brand recognition, customer loyalty, and sales potential.”

Support for ACS helps the community. In 2018, for example, the ACS Western Region received a generous donation of new wigs. Each of the 95 Western Region wig banks received approximately 300 wigs to pass along to cancer patients. One of them was ACS Wig Services at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare Resource Center in Pleasanton.

“With the help of millions of supporters, we launch breakthrough research, create empowering resources for people to outsmart cancer, enable local communities to support those affected, and convene powerful activists to create awareness and impact,” says Nguyen.

While most people know ACS for its important research, the organization does much more. It also promotes healthy lifestyles to help prevent cancer. It fights for life-saving policy changes. For those who have been touched by cancer, it provides everything from emotional support to the latest information on treatment. As a global grassroots force, the ACS relies on the strength of millions of dedicated volunteers and partners to fulfill its mission.

“We couldn't do what we do without our volunteers, partners and donors,” notes Nguyen. “Together, we're making a difference, and you can, too. Become a volunteer, make a tax-deductible donation, or participate in a fundraising event like Relay For Life of Tri-Valley or Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to help us save lives.”

Relay For Life of Tri-Valley will be held from 9 am on June 22 to 9 am on June 23 at the Granada High School football field in Livermore. Another fundraiser, which serves both Diablo Valley and the Tri-Valley areas, will be held on October 6. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Walnut Creek is a 5K walk that will be held at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.

For more information about the American Cancer Society, please visit www.cancer.org.

For more information about Relay For Life of Tri-Valley, please visit www.relayforlife.org/trivalleyca.

For more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Walnut Creek, please visit makingstrideswalk.org/walnutcreekca.