Woodward, Okla. —
WHERE RELAY FUNDS GO
Smith explained that Relay for Life is the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and that the American Cancer Society is the number one non-government organization in the fight against cancer.
She went on to give some history on the organization, saying that Relay for Life has been raising funds for the American Cancer Society since 1985. Smith said Woodward had been involved in the Relay for Life since around 1997, and that last year Woodward hit a milestone.
"At the end of the 2012 Relay, Woodward passed the $1 million mark, so we are in that club of fundraiser now," she said. "This means that since Woodward started participating in 1997, we've raised over $1 million to help fight cancer in Woodward alone."
Smith explained the break down of the funds raised by the Relay, saying that data for FY 2011 shows that 72 percent of American Cancer Society's resources go towards cancer research, patient support, prevention information and education, and the detection and treatment of cancer, 22 percent goes towards fundraising expenses, and only 6 percent goes towards management and general expenses.
Specifically, she said funds to the ACS go towards such programs as Patient Navigation, which refers to an 800 number where cancer patients can contact "patient navigators" who will provide information on cancer treatment, suggest questions to ask doctors, and provide emotional support. Funds also go toward providing patients with free wigs, breast prostheses and mastectomy bras, gas cards or volunteer rides to help offset the cost of travel to medical appointments, as well as many more, she said.