Following Bloom's moving "captain's story," Ryan, senior director of Cancer Control for the American Cancer Society, gave a brief overview of the society's mission and services. She began her presentation by spotlighting the Marcellus schools Tobacco Free School Banner.
"I was so excited when I came here and saw the Welcome to Our Tobacco Free School banner," Ryan said.
She gave an overview of American Cancer Society programs which include research, education, peer to peer support, resources and most importantly direct support to cancer patients.
"Over the past year we have given direct support to more than 2,800 patients as they move through their own personal cancer journey," Ryan said.
She stressed that the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Action Network are focused on empowering patients and families through their cancer journey. Ryan also emphasized that the Relay for Life is the "signature event" of the American Cancer Society.
Information on the Marcellus Relay for Life can be found at relayforlife.org/marcellusNy.
The Marcellus Relay for Life will be held on June 20 and 21 in Marcellus Park. Meeting dates leading up to the event include committee at 6 p.m. April 21 and team captains at 7 p.m. April 21, committee at 6 p.m. May 20 and team captains at 7 p.m. May 20. Bank night is June 15, which is when teams pick up their team shirts, drop off money to date and pick up campsites.