Money raised at Eudora’s Relay benefits local research, programs
Any time a patient picks up an oral chemotherapy drug at an area pharmacy, or any time a patient has a mammogram at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, they're benefiting from the efforts of Eudorans participating in the annual Relay for Life.
"You're getting those dollars coming back directly," said American Cancer Society representative Michelle Olson. "All those services are available because of the Relay, and people don't realize that."
Olson said the majority of money that will be raised through the upcoming event at Laws Field will benefit research, with programs, services and education falling in behind.
"They're always looking for something monetary to come back if they have cancer, but just being able to purchase medicines like tamoxifen is a big one," she said.
Locally, Olson said those services included programs that helped patients with transportation or reimbursements for traveling to treatments, as well as the the Look Good, Feel Better program, which helps cancer patients overcome the cosmetic obstacles of the disease and treatment.
"The Relay helps fund that with literature, packets, information and free wigs -- little things like that," Olson said.
The biggest beneficiary of the Relay's fund-raising has research has money going wherever important studies of cancer are being done. In Eudora, much of that takes place locally -- at Kansas University and its medical center in Kansas City, Kan.
"Your dollars are working for research, and it's kind of coincidental that that grant is at KU," Olson said.
Community members can help raise money for such programs and research as well as participate in the community gathering at the upcoming local Relay, June 4 and 5 at Laws Field. Eudorans can see money raised at the community event being used locally, Olson said.
"That's what everybody is really interested in," Olson said.