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Relay For Life

As a cancer survivor, here are my two cents and a suggestion for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life debate. I am delighted that my simultaneous chemo and radiation treatments were at our local Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH) Cancer Center and not somewhere ‘down the hill.’ Enough positive things cannot be said about the skill, dedication, professionalism and especially the heart of the people who make our Center tick. Many of the Center services, like the on-staff nutritionist and the support groups are available to all patients without cost. Also, the Center staff will go to great lengths to find funding support for patients in need. That’s typical of the ‘good news.’

The ‘bad news’ is that of the almost $250,000 raised by the Relay For Life, only 1 to 3 percent ($2,500-$7,500) comes back for direct, local use as transportation assistance, scarves, etc. Repeated requests by our Center for additional ACS funding assistance fall on deaf ears!

Therefore, my suggestion is simple. Please consider splitting or, better yet, matching your contribution to the Relay For Life with a contribution to the SNMH Foundation earmarked for the Cancer Center … a ‘win/win’ solution.



Denis Kutch

Nevada City


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