By LARRY BACKUS
For The Vista
Thank you, thank you, and thank you, to the 325 contributors to date, that have joined in the war against cancer by contributing to the 2013 Fairfield Glade annual campaign against cancer.
However, they remain 29 donations short of our largest number of contributors since 2010. For your consideration the average contribution since 2010 has been $29.10 to $32.41.
Would they be thrilled with 400 more contributors at $5 or more? You bet!
Each year during February/March the group publishes a series of articles in The Vista to update residents on local, national and worldwide progress in the fight against cancer.
Their purpose is also to inform residents of resources available through the American Cancer Society (ACS) both locally and statewide.
They also want you to be aware of the ACS web site, cancer.org. With the accumulated and comprehensive knowledge of 100 years of research and experience in the fight against cancer; this valuable tool is updated constantly and will answer nearly all of your questions about cancer, or point you in the right direction for more information.
The following two paragraphs are from one of the 2013 articles:
“We are fortunate to live in a country that leads the fight against cancer. Cancer is an enormous global health burden. Today, cancer accounts for one of every eight deaths worldwide. More than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.
“In 2008 there were 12.7 million cases of cancer diagnosed and 7.6 million deaths from cancer around the world. These annual statistics are on a par with the worst wars in history, and they will never stop; they will only increase unless we win the war on cancer.
“Yes, you may ignore this war; after all, we residents of Fairfield Glade are among the most fortunate. Look around, no matter how wealthy, or how poor we think we are; we are among the most fortunate less than 1% of the population of planet Earth.
“But we do have a big stake in this war. Consider the latest percentage statistics (2006-08) of developing cancer in the United States- At age 60-69: Men 16.0% or 1 in 6; Women 13.34% or 1 in 10. At age 70+: Men 38.27% or 1 in 3; Women 26.68% or 1 in 4. From birth to death the statistics remain: Men 44.85% or 1 in 2; Women 38.08% or 1 in 3.”
The ACS district office in Cookeville assists with the group’s campaign in many ways. They maintain address files, produce mailings for our April “ Look for the Blue Envelope” request for financial support for the fight against cancer, and assist our advisory committee in all of their tasks.
If you were out of town or missed the April campaign vigil at the Village Green Mall, please consider making your donation to the 2013 campaign. Send your donation to ACS-NTAC, PO Box 1825, Crossville (Fairfield Glade) 38558.