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Wall of Hope banner will travel to Washington

In mid-September, 2006, thousands of American Cancer Society volunteers will meet on the U.S. Capital Mall in support of President Bushs goal to eliminate cancer by 2015. The administrations unified message: To eliminate suffering and death due t...

In mid-September, 2006, thousands of American Cancer Society volunteers will meet on the U.S. Capital Mall in support of President Bushs goal to eliminate cancer by 2015. The administrations unified message: To eliminate suffering and death due to cancer by the year 2015.

American Cancer Society strongly supports this objective, and rallies in support of increased funding for the National Cancer Institute so that cutting-edge research can lead to this outcome.

When the delegates meet for the Celebration on the Hill, as the event is called, they will build a Wall of Hope constructed from banners representing every one of the thousands of local Relays for Life that happen each year. Each banner will have the signatures of local people who sign the banner in support of this ambitious goal.

The East Otter Tail Chapter of the American Cancer Society is grateful for the financial support from Arvig Communication Systems and Bremer Bank for defraying the $1,000 cost of the banner.

Dee Anderson, who will attend the Celebration, says, We will have the banner displayed at community events and celebrations, at all Relay for Life activities - anywhere where people of all ages can sign the banner in support of our efforts against cancer. Robianne Schultz, also an ambassador to Washington, adds, ACS has had a long-standing investment in cancer research - more than two billion dollars since 1946. Its paid off. Thirty years ago cancer was largely considered a death sentence. Now, more than 67 percent survive; some cancers, like colon cancer, have a 90 percent survival rate if caught early.

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Eight ambassadors from each of the 435 congressional districts in the U.S. were selected to attend. Others, committed to the cause, will join them. Organizers expect as many as 8,000 will spend two days on Capitol Hill, talking to Congressmen and other officials regarding how we can work together to accomplish this, explains Ron Anderson. I was at the first Celebration on the Hill four years ago, and it was an exciting experience - to see thousands of people unified and acting for a common purpose. Please take time to sign the banner and deliver a message to our Congressman that its time to act to end cancer suffering.

Schultz, a five year cancer survivor, will bring her personal story to Minnesota federal representatives.

Ron and Dee Anderson have been volunteers for 18 years. They co-chaired the Relay For Life in Otter Tail County.

This years Rally for Life in Perham is July 14.

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