On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to extend my appreciation to the volunteer planning committee as well as all who attended and supported the Relay For Life of Fairfield. More than 1,500 people participated, raising more than $215,000 for the American Cancer Society's research, education, advocacy, and service programs. The outstanding support received proves that the Fairfield community is truly committed to uniting together in the fight against cancer.

I'd also like to applaud the 134 cancer survivors who participated in the opening lap and reception in their honor. They are the reason we continue the fight so each year there can be more and more people living wonderful lives after a cancer diagnosis.

The dollars raised through events like the Relay For Life of Fairfield enable the American Cancer Society to offer free programs and services that help people fight cancer with courage and optimism, while it provides day-to-day help, emotional support, and 24-hour information to help ease the cancer experience. Additionally, Relay contributions provide the Society with much-needed dollars to fund groundbreaking cancer research, educate people about the importance of cancer prevention and early detection and advocate for meaningful public health policies that benefit the community.

Again, thank you for supporting the American Cancer Society, and remember it's not too late to become involved. There are many opportunities to volunteer your time helping patients and implementing programs here in Connecticut. For more information please call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Gillian Clark

American Cancer Society