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The Relay for Life is this weekend. Thousands have participated previously. Millions of dollars have been raised. Unfortunately, of the approximately $250,000 raised each year, only 1 to 3 percent, or $2,500 to $7,500, comes back to Nevada County patients. In contrast, our local Cancer Aid Thrift organization provides $5,000 for each registered county cancer patient for reimbursement of expenses associated with treatment.

Despite numerous requests, the Relay sponsor, the American Cancer Society, will not provide any direct assistance to our local cancer center.

Beyond treatment, the center personnel bend over backward to help cancer patients in numerous other ways. The nutritionist is available without charge to all patients and their families. The many support groups welcome patients without regard to where their treatment has occurred. Also, financial assistance avenues are opened for needy patients. All this and more from a small center that also just happens to enjoy an extensive and incredible medical reputation!

The intent of this letter is to emphatically re-suggest the proposal I made last year:

Please consider splitting or, better, matching your contribution to the Relay For Life with a contribution to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Cancer Center – a valuable local donation.

Denis Kutch,

cancer survivor

Nevada City

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