I have to respond. I have been an American Cancer Society, Road To Recovery volunteer for many years. I have personally seen the American Cancer Society do good work by providing life saving support and assistance.
As a matter of fact, the Society is an advocate for informed decisions by the individual. They provide some information about treatment options including alternative medicine therapies.
I really don't appreciate your all-encompassing negative statement. The Relay For Life is a deeply moving event for many survivors and family members. It is also an effective fundraising tool for an agency that focuses on successful prevention and education efforts.
Terry, I am truly sorry about the loss of your brother.
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It never interests me because I always feel that their research is just for more drugs. My mom died of breast cancer and it sickens me how they gave her chemo until it killed her. She wouldn't try anything else because she would say that we don't know more than her doctor.
One of my brothers dying last wishes was that our family did NOT support Relay for Life. He wished that he had gone with alternative treatments and felt that the American Cancer Society was a money racket. I tend to agree.
But when doing an internet search today I was shocked that there are no alternatives to Relay for Life. Why isn't someone in the alternative health world raising money for alternative therapy's for cancer? Where is the "green smoothie cure for cancer" groups? Or the "herbal cancer treatment" groups? Where is the "Relay a Better Way", or "Relay the Natural Way" alternative to Relay for Life?
I think this is disturbing since there really do exist people who have been cured from cancer by alternative therapys (one being a major surgeon named Dr. Laurainne Day who used carrot juice therapy to cure a breast tumor--it worked!) Why have these people not bonded together and formed an alternative to Relay for Life?
I'm just blowing off some steam today---but you'll never see this guy walking in a Relay for Life. I truly, truly, truly believe we all should donate our money elsewhere (and also breath down the alternative therapy "guru's" necks that none of them have created an alternative organization yet!)
T E R R Y
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I can answer the above question (for myself) immediatly: I do not support Relay for Life. I do not think the donations are being handled as they should be. Most of it is NOT going to cancer research.
And if you think I'm being paranoid, watch the video link! As the years go by, we will begin to see more and more on TV and in the news about how Relay for Life funds are being misused. If you choose to go to this link, scroll down to the middle of the page to where the video is and click on it. Don't try to read the article---it's just a recap of the video. Here it is:
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