Join the St. Louis Rams this Saturday to be a part of cancer history

Wordpress_CPS3ad_blktextSt. Louis Rams Running Back Chase Reynolds, and his wife Kila, are encouraging St. Louisans to join their Rams family for a ground-breaking research effort this Saturday. Individuals can come to Rams Park in Earth City, First Baptist Church of Arnold, or Mineral Area College in Park Hills to join them in Cancer Prevention Study-3.

The American Cancer Society is specifically looking for individuals between the ages of 30-65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and who are willing to make an easy, but long-term commitment to the study. Research will continue to reveal what causes and what prevents cancer.

In approximately 20 minutes time, individuals will take a survey, have their waist measured, and give a small blood sample similar to what is taken at a doctor’s office. Then every two years or so, a new survey will be mailed to them for follow-up.

You can change the face of cancer for future generations. Join us on Saturday, and learn more at


St. Louis Celebrates American Cancer Society Turning 100

This year the American Cancer Society marks its 100th birthday. In St. Louis, and cities across the country, cancer patients, survivors, volunteers, and corporate partners joined together to salute this major milestone.

We’re honored that more than 300 supporters took time out of their work day for our celebration on the American Cancer Society’s St. Louis campus. That’s 300 people who made noise and pledged to take action to finish the fight against cancer.

St. Louis staff celebrating 100 years

St. Louis staff celebrating 100 years

Today, two out of three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving. More than 400 people a day in the U.S. are celebrating birthdays that would have otherwise been lost to cancer. As the Official Sponsor of Birthdays ™, the American Cancer Society will continue to make noise by amplifying its efforts to ensure lifesaving cancer research gets funded; by making sure people facing cancer have the help they need, such as a free place to stay during treatment or a ride to get there; and by fighting for equal access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, and clean air.

We want to sincerely thank all of the individuals and businesses who gave of their time, their talent, and their products in honor of our local 100th birthday celebration.

Aaron Wrenn, volunteer griller
Adrenaline Zone
Anthonino’s Taverna
Bommarito Hazelwood
Botanical Garden
Brasserie / Niche
Brunswick Zone
CBS Outdoor
Damita Moris-Silpada
Five Guys
Four Seasons St. Louis
Laura Klein, Touchstone Crystal
Magic House
Manchester Sam’s Club
Maplewood Sam’s Club
Massage Envy
McAlister’s Deli
Mike Hoey, volunteer griller
Noodles and Co.
Pam Carissimi, Tastefully Simple
Pam Liesman, Sanofi
Pasta House
Phillip Johnson Salon
South County Costco
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders & Rampage
Tanner Bechtel, Music
The Cup
The Fox Theatre
The Science Center
Therese Fenske, Thirty One Bags

To view more photos from our celebration, visit:

Cheer on Survivors

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Story of Survival
Published in The Missourian on 5/30/13
Written by By Karen Butterfield, Missourian Staff Writer

For Wendy Wildberger, who has been involved with the Relay For Life of Franklin County on and off since its beginning 18 years ago, the Relay is personal.

In 1990, at the age of 10, she was diagnosed with astrocytoma, a tumor in her spinal cord.

The tumor was removed surgically, but three years later, Wildberger relapsed. This time, she was treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Treatments lasted eight hours per day, two to three days per week.

In 2001, Wildberger was labeled “terminal” and told she didn’t have much longer to live. Because of nerve damage, she is paralyzed.

Her tumor eventually “settled” and hasn’t caused any further nerve damage, she said.

“I never really felt that I was terminal,” Wildberger said. “I was determined to prove the doctors wrong, and at 33, I’m still here. I have proved them wrong.”

Wildberger said that as a survivor, Relay is another opportunity to celebrate that she has beaten cancer.

This year also holds special meaning for her, since it’s the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society.

Wildberger said she’s amazed at the advancements even just in treatment, as now, people can choose oral chemotherapy and spend much less time at the doctor’s office.

“Personally, I’m looking forward to it being the 18th year of Relay in Franklin County,” she said. “We have such a great community of survivors, caregivers and citizens who come out to support our cause.”

Wildberger reminds people that you don’t have to have cancer to attend the Relay.

“Anyone can cheer on a survivor,” she said.

More than 150 cancer survivors will walk around the track in unity [during the Survivors’ Lap].

“I can’t wait to see the full track of survivors,” Wildberger said. “It always gets me. It’s overwhelming to see all the purple shirts (survivors wear).”

This year’s longest cancer survivor [attending their event] is celebrating 47 years of survival. The newest person was just diagnosed a few weeks ago.

“Even if you’re not affected personally by cancer, as a community, we can support our survivors,” Wildberger said. “Pack the track and make some noise for them.”

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