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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Local woman urges others to volunteer for Relay for Life

Local woman urges others to volunteer for Relay for Life

I am a volunteer for The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life events in Lafourche Parish. I am proud to not only raise money, but also to donate my time and money to Saving Lives, Preventing Cancer, and Finding Cures. It’s something that’s bigger than all of us.

In 2016, a combined total of $318,973.72 was raised in Lafourche Parish. It is amazing what that money will do. The following is a brief listing (not all) of what your dollars can provide:

$25 - free access to 24-hour information and support for one person via the phone, email, and online chats. (Our cancer information specialists fulfilled more than 800,000 requests from people needing information and answers via 1-800-227-2345, email, and online chats each year.)

$50 - five rides to and from treatment for a cancer patient

$100 - a breast cancer patient with one-on-one peer support from a breast cancer survivor.

$150 - a trained patient navigator to a cancer patient so they can understand their diagnosis and get the help they need.

$500 - a cancer patient and their caregiver five nights of free lodging at an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge when having to travel away from home for treatment.

We will be kicking off our 2017 Relay For Life season soon, and we need your help. You are never too young, or too old. We have volunteers from ages 5 to 95 – at the young age of 76, I can tell you it is a blessing and very rewarding. There are jobs for everyone, even if you cannot leave your home or can only give a few minutes a week or month.

If I can do it, you can do it! Visit RFL of Thibodaux online at or RFL of South Lafourche online at or call Carol Guidry, at 985-791-5598 to learn how you can help make an impact in next year’s event. You won’t regret it.

Virginia Golden, 

American Cancer Society volunteer

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