Omaha Public Radio News
1:34 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Relay for Life events this weekend

Omaha, NE – 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime according to the American Cancer Society.

Mike Lefler, Director of Communications for the Nebraska Region of American Cancer Society, says the good news is that more people are surviving cancer than ever before. He says the Relay for Life events celebrate those who have survived cancer and honor those who succumbed to the disease. Lefler says the funds raised through Relay for Life help save lives and create more birthdays, "The money raised there goes to cancer research but it also goes to patient services and programs right here in the community that help people that are facing a cancer diagnosis. Programs such as Look Good, Feel Better that help cancer patients learn to use make-up and wear wigs properly. And deal with these side effects that are often associated with chemotherapy or other types of treatment."

This weekend, events take place in Midtown Omaha and Sarpy County. For a list of Relay for Life events, the website is relayforlife.org.