The American Cancer Society goes to Washington

The American Cancer Society goes to Washington


The American Cancer Society is sending volunteers and staff from across the country to Washington, D.C. to meet legislators and raise awareness of cancer-related issues during its first “Relay For Life Celebration on the Hill” on Sept. 18 and 19, 2002.

Seven volunteers from the Society’s Northern Area office have been selected as official Relay Community Ambassadors and will be heading to Washington. Former Winnebago County Treasurer and current Harlem Township Supervisor Doug Aurand is one of the seven chosen and will be attending the event, as well as making an 18-month commitment to further develop the Society’s grassroots advocacy efforts.

Aurand is a 3-1/2-year cancer survivor and has been an active Society volunteer since 1999. He currently serves on the Relay For Life Committee and is a regional advocacy coordinator for the Society’s Illinois Division, contacting state and federal legislators in regard to issues important to cancer research and cancer patients.

The Relay For Life Celebration on the Hill will include meetings with Congressmen and a Relay For Life on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, which will include a survivor lap, team competitions and a luminaria ceremony. The Society hopes “Celebration on the Hill” will be the first time any organization has ever descended on Washington with representatives from every congressional district in the country.

In addition to the official Relay Ambassadors, other American Cancer Society volunteers are welcome to join the celebration and make a cure for cancer a top priority with their lawmakers.

Those who cannot attend the event will still have an opportunity to make their voices heard as the “Relay For Life Celebration on the Hill Bus” tours the country from mid-March through Sept. 18, traveling to more than 40 states—including Illinois during June 14-18—and collecting signatures from cancer survivors and their families who believe cancer should be a national priority.

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