Do you know a child who survived leukemia? Do you have a mother, sister or aunt whose breast cancer was found early thanks to a mammogram? Do you have a friend or coworker who quit smoking to decrease their risk of lung cancer?
Each of these individuals benefited from the American Cancer Society's research program.
Bill Klostermann, an active Sherwood dad and businessman, knows firsthand how important early detection and the ACS's research are.
In 1994, Bill felt something was wrong but wasn't sure what.
He knew that his mother, to prevent miscarriage, had been given DES which later was known to cause a specific testicular deformity in male children.
Bill was aware he had that and had previously had a 'harmless' cyst removed, but 10 years later Bill wanted to start a family so he decided he'd 'just get checked out and make sure everything was alright.'
He was surprised to be diagnosed with testicular cancer which, if not treated, could kill him in as little as three months.
Nobody in his family had ever had cancer. It was not something he thought he would ever have to worry about.
Bill was immediately treated and, 14 years later, has remained cancer free.
There is no doubt in Bill's mind that because he took the initiative to get screened his cancer was diagnosed and treated before it could spread.
Additionally, due to ACS's research his physician was able to act quickly further increasing Bill's chances of survival.
Each day scientists supported by the American Cancer Society work to find breakthroughs that will take us one step closer to a cure.
The American Cancer Society has long recognized that research holds the ultimate answers to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Since 1946, the Society has invested more than $3.1 billion in research. This investment has paid rich dividends; in 1946 only one in four cancer patients survived five years after diagnosis; today almost 60 percent live longer than five years.
You can help fund more research grants by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Event of Sherwood, a team event to fight cancer. More funding means more cancer breakthroughs and more lives saved.
Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, dance, enjoy a silent auction and other great entertainment while taking turns walking around the Sherwood High School's track raising funds. Sherwood's 24-hour event will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, starting at 10 a.m. and will end on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m.