Relay for Life funding leaves the community |

Relay for Life funding leaves the community

After reading the a letter, “Paper’s Coverage of Fund-Raiser was Lacking” in the July 11 Ideas and Opinions section – as a member of a family deeply involved in the treatment and support of local cancer patients – I feel it necessary to write. The article compliments The Union on pre-event coverage of the American Cancer Society’s event, Relay for Life, and then criticizes the post-event coverage and asks the question, “how is it that we get more recognition from a national nonprofit organization than from our own community newspaper?”

While the relay has been a tremendous success financially, it is important to understand that the money raised, to the best of my knowledge, goes into cancer research and does not stay in our community. No money from the relay goes to the SNMH Cancer Center, the Cancer Aid Thrift Store, Hospice of the Foothills or other local organizations that are struggling to support cancer patients and their families. After much publicity for three such events and the above-mentioned article, it is time this be made clear.

The American Cancer Society does great and important work.

However, I have spoken with not a few people who have supported or participated in the relay yet did not know that the donations received did not remain local. In their generosity to fight cancer, people should know where their efforts go.

Boyd Johnson

Nevada City

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