American Cancer Society
Like Batman and Robin, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, and other dynamic duos, Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives and the American Cancer Society have teamed up in the fight against our nation's second largest killer, cancer. 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.
For the past several years, Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative has sponsored Relay For Life events in our service area. Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is dedicated to providing the much needed funds for the Relay events. We want our members to see Gulf Coast as much more than just a company that provides electricity and other services. We want our members to recognize our employees are their neighbors, working side-by-side to defeat the evil forces of cancer. In addition to sponsoring Relay events, GCEC employees have also raised money to attend the annual Cattle Barons Ball, another fundraising event to support the fight against cancer.
Did You Know?
- Cancer is the #1 health concern among Americans
- 1.3 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year (1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women)
- More than 550,000 Americans will die from cancer this year. (1,500 people per day)
- More than 3,300 Americans per day are told they have cancer
- Two-thirds of all cancer diagnoses can be prevented.
- Everyone benefits from the American Cancer Society. If you have any questions or may need help from the American Cancer Society you can call 1-800-ACS-2345. You can speak with a live person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 52 weeks a year, or you can log on to www.cancer.org. The website is an encyclopedia, offering a wealth of information on all types of cancer.