American Cancer Society to Award Brinkley EAST Program

   

8/12/2013 3:09:10 PM

The students of Brinkley High School’s "Best Lab" have won a National Honorable Mention Award for their volunteer work promoting cancer survivorship. The presentation will be made at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 12 in the Brinkley High School Auditorium.

Local High School Wins National American Cancer Society Award, Presentation To Be Made Jan. 12

January 7, 2005, Little Rock, AR. - The students of Brinkley High School’s "Best Lab" have won a National Honorable Mention Award for their volunteer work promoting cancer survivorship. The presentation will be made at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 12 in the Brinkley High School Auditorium.

Called the Heart of Relay Award for Survivorship, it promotes Relay For Life best practices nationwide. The Award is designed to recognize successful practices supporting both the mission of the American Cancer Society and reaching our year 2015 goals of reducing cancer deaths by 50%, reducing cancer incidence by 25% and measurably improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers.

The students at Brinkley High School wanted to work on a project to better their community and to honor one of their teachers who is a cancer survivor and was at that time in treatment. "The initial idea was to create a garden on the school grounds to honor her and other survivors," says Beth Gitz, Community Program Representative for American Cancer Society. While doing some background research on cancer and its impact on their community, the students became aware of a lack of support programs and started a monthly support program for cancer survivors. They also interviewed several survivors on their experiences resulting from their cancer diagnosis/treatment, and created a documentary film, which won first place in a national contest. The students also hosted the Survivor Reception the evening of Relay For Life.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

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