The American Cancer Society is partnering with TJ Regional Health and Graves Gilbert Clinic to sponsor the third annual Survivor Dinner and Celebration. This event replaces the traditional Relay for Life in Barren County. This year an invitation is being extended to residents of Hart County as well.

The event will be held May 1 at Glasgow High School. There will be a survivor dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria for cancer survivors residing in Barren and Hart County and a guest. The meal will be prepared and served by students from Glasgow and Barren County High School Culinary Departments. Students from Caverna and Hart County will also be on hand to serve and celebrate our survivors. The public is invited to attend the Survivor Celebration from 7-9 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

The evening will include survivor and caregiver speakers, survivor recognition, presentation of any monetary donations raised by the public to the American Cancer Society, and in conclusion, a luminaria ceremony honoring those who have fought, continue to fight, or have lost the fight to this disease. Though this event is not the traditional Relay, families, friends, businesses, and anyone touched by this disease in any way, are still encouraged to form teams and raise money prior to the evening which can then be presented at the celebration by representatives of your team directly to ACS.

ACS estimates that one out of three people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Funds raised help ACS fund and conduct breakthrough research, and give cancer patients and their families needed resources including a 24/7 helpline for answers and support, free places to stay near hospitals, and free rides to chemo through their Road to Recovery program.

This program is funded by the donations to ACS but is still dependent on volunteers. Unfortunately, in our area, we have 1 volunteer in all of the surrounding counties and transportation remains a barrier. If you are interested in being an ACS volunteer, please call 1-800-227-2345.

Invitations to the dinner will be mailed to survivors in Barren and Hart County compiled from the American Cancer Society registry. If you are a survivor in either county and not registered with ACS but would like to attend the dinner, please contact Amy Stephens at 270-659-5893 or or Stephanie DeWeese at 270-261-5060 or

Tremendous breakthroughs have been made in the treatment of cancer, especially in recent years with the addition of immuno- and targeted therapies and SaBR radiation, but we must continue the fight to save lives. If you are interested in forming a team and presenting your proceeds to ACS on the evening of the event, please contact either Amy or Stephanie by April 17, 2020. Come help us celebrate our survivors, remember those we’ve lost, and fight for a world without cancer. Together, we can continue to make a difference!

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