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Club supports fight against cancer
The Culinary Club has nurtured Nash County residents for decades, preparing good food for many local families and businesses.

The organization chose to continue its caring in 2007 with a donation to the American Cancer Society. Their gift will support all residents of Nash County by helping to fund research, education, advocacy and service which is saving lives and supporting patients throughout the county.

“Donations from the Culinary Club and others like it help support patient programs here in Nash County and research which becomes treatment regimens for all cancer patients,” said Patricia Earnhardt Tyndall, community manager for the American Cancer Society. “Every dollar we raise takes us one step closer to eliminating cancer.”

The money also supports local programs, such as Look Good Feel Better, Road to Recovery and Reach to Recovery, Earnhardt Tyndall added.

The Culinary Club of Rocky Mount was established more than 60 years ago and aptly named by and for a group of women who worked as cooks in private homes and restaurants. The mission of the club was to support local charitable causes as well as promote community involvement. Current members still carry on this mission. The club holds two fundraisers each year to support their efforts. In addition to its support of the American Cancer Society, the club assisted four families that suffered the loss of a loved one.

The American Cancer Society is determined to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health threat. While striving to reach this goal, the Society works daily to save more lives until a cure is found.

The immediate goal of saving more lives must be accomplished largely through public education on the prevention and early detection of cancer, education of the medical community on the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and advocacy at the local, state and federal levels for cancer-related legislation.

The ultimate goal of total cancer control can be reached through research. Scientists supported by American Cancer Society funds are continuing to make breakthroughs that can increase the number of lives saved. Since 1946, the year the American Cancer Society awarded its first research grants, the Society has invested more than $2.5 billion in research. The investment has paid rich dividends -- in 1946, only one in four cancer patients were alive five years after diagnosis; today almost 60 percent live longer than five years.

The real strength of the American Cancer Society lies in its volunteers, who translate policy into reality. Motivated by personal experiences and concern for others, they accomplish the mission of the American Cancer Society.

You can join us in accomplishing this mission by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, a team event to fight cancer. To learn how, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org.

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 information about cancer, call 24 hours day, seven days a week 1.800.ACS.2345 or log onto www.cancer.org.

For further information: Contact Patricia Earnhardt Tyndall, community manager The American Cancer Society 919-341-7157, patricia.earnhardttyndall@cancer.org.

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