By Javier Manjarres
The American Cancer Society is turning 100, and the South Palm Beach Chapter is holding their “2013 Hope Gala” this March to help raise money and awareness to children stricken with Cancer. The group plans to continue donations to “Florida’s first and only” camp for kids with Cancer, R.O.C.K (Reaching out to Cancer Kids). While Cancer afflicts people of all ages, the S. Palm Beach Chapter of the American Cancer Society is making great strides in battling cancers that affect the smallest Americans.
Here is the press release that went out announcing the event-
American Cancer Society – South Palm Beach Chapter 2013 Hope Gala Approaches
The American Cancer Society – South Palm Beach Chapter leadership asks readers to mark their calendars for the 2013 Hope Gala which will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 6:30pm at Woodfield Country Club. “Recognizing that childhood cancer rates have risen slightly over the past few decades, we have chosen to give proceeds from the gala to R.O.C.K. (Reaching out to Cancer Kids) Camp, Florida’s first and only residential for children with cancer,” said Jamie Lober, Public Relations Chairman. The event is particularly special because it is also the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday bash. “I am glad to be able to celebrate but I am also anxious for the day the American Cancer Society will cease to exist because I plan to see a day where cancer is a thing of the past,” said Lober.
While the organization has spent the past century focused on research, advocacy, support, services and education, one issue may particularly ring a bell with Floridians. “In Florida I am most concerned about second-hand smoke and urge community members to make sure policies are as strong as possible because there is no safe level to breathe,” said Lober. Making sure you maintain a smoke-free home might be one of the most important things you can do for your family’s wellness. “Smokers’ kids are found to have more ear and lung infections and asthma and nobody wants to waste time or money on unnecessary doctor visits, absences from school and be unproductive at work,” said Lober. Lober also points out a high amount of alcohol consumption in South Florida. “It does not just affect mood, coordination and judgment; alcohol is linked to cancer,” said Lober. Curbing the habit should be at the top of your resolutions list. “The American Cancer Society recommends that people limit their alcohol intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and no more than 1 drink per day for women because women tend to break it down more slowly and have a smaller body size,” said Lober.
As members of the community celebrate the large strides that have been made in knowledge on cancer prevention, detection and treatments as well as the growing number of support services available, there will be a positive tone to the gala. “You can expect a delicious gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions even including exotic items and great entertainment,” said Lober. You will want to put on your best dress and dancing shoes and get ready for a lot of fun. “Taking a few extra steps at the gala and showing off your finest dancing moves at the gala will help you burn calories and lower your risk of cancer at the same time,” said Lober.
Working behind the scenes of the gala are Jamie Lober, a fun, active, go-to gal for everything health; staff partners Ellen Vaughan, Audra Cardillo and Jennifer DeGruccio who make a professional commitment to end cancer once and for all; finance gurus and philanthropists Stacey Silbiger, Marialena Selvaggio and Doreen Alrod; Nikko Capria, king of all things entertainment with a larger than life personality; and more. “The American Cancer Society has been pleased to see so many people willing to offer rides for patients to therapies, organize teams for their walks and marathons, send e-mails to loved ones reminding them to get their mammograms and other cancer screenings and most of all, they are glad to see new faces step forward and volunteer their skills and efforts toward the gala,” said Lober. You can contact Ellen Vaughan, unit executive director at (561)-394-7751, x5308 or [email protected] for information about tickets or sponsorships. “It is obviously already on my calendar,” said Lober.