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 http://www.cancerstudymo.org.

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Self reflection helps St. Louis woman better lifestyle, encourage community to help find what causes & prevents cancer

It’s never too late to make a change- is just one of Michelle Nischbach’s mottos.  For Michelle, staying fit and trim came naturally to her most of her life.  She was active, athletic, and participated in many sports when she was younger.  However, as a busy career woman, married and a mother of 2, she took a real hard look in the mirror one day and didn’t like what she saw.

Michelle Nischbach

Michelle Nischbach

“Something needed to be done,” said Michelle.  “I was very diligent.  I lost 25-30 pounds. I had to just knock it right off.”   Michelle has become a runner, just completing her third half marathon, and manages her weight to appropriate standards at all times.  “I maintain a very healthy balance of eating right and exercising.”

What prompted Michelle’s lifestyle change was the weight gain, but more importantly, she realized she wasn’t getting any younger.  She also realized she needed to be doing everything she could to avoid a diagnosis of cancer or another disease.   “No one is free from a cancer diagnosis- but you can reduce the odds if you do the right things.”

When her employer, UMB Bank, announced participation in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study- 3 (CPS-3), it caught Michelle’s attention.  “Unfortunately, you encounter people every day that have been negativity impacted by cancer,” said Michelle.   “And what is being asked of a participant in the study is very small, but can have a huge impact….it’s just about being and staying committed.”

This historic study has the potential to change the face of cancer for thousands and thousands of lives, here in St. Louis and nationwide.  Men and women between the ages of 30-65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the study.  The opportunity for local residents to enroll will take place at various locations across St. Louis from April 23 to May 1.  To learn more or to sign up, visit cancerstudymo.org.

For more than 60 years, the American Cancer Society has been conducting large-scale, nationwide population studies to examine the causes of cancer and how it can be prevented.  The many results from these studies have had a tremendous impact on public health. For example,  in  2006, guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention were published which encourage individuals to maintain a healthy weight throughout life, adopt a physically active lifestyle, choose a healthy diet with more plant sources, and limit the consumption of alcohol beverages.  The American Cancer Society has since validated the effectiveness of these guidelines to see if following them really does lower risk of dying from cancer and other diseases.

Michelle’s words of encouragement “It’s never too late to make a lifestyle change. It doesn’t have to be extreme, like running marathons.  Anyone can do it- you just gotta get moving!”

Adam Wainwright & the St. Louis Cardinals help the American Cancer Society extend Thanks to Relay For Life supporters

American Cancer Society Exceeds $8 Million Through 2012 Relay For Life Events in Missouri

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is continuing to spread its reach throughout Missouri, and the Society is excited to announce its year-end total, raising more than $8 million in 2012. The grand total reaching $8,073,073.90.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright shares his personal cancer connection in a video to thank Relay For Life supporters. Watch it here or visit facebook.com/ACSeasternMO:

More than 150 Relay events were held in the state, bringing out tens of thousands of participants, including 7,993 cancer survivors and 6,244 caregivers.

“Seeing all of this participation is overwhelming. It’s amazing to see participants, donors and survivors celebrating life together,” said Julie Aycock, regional director of development.

Relay For Life is not just a fundraiser; it is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones, and raise money for the fight against cancer.

The kickoff to the 2012 season launched 3,700 teams to begin fundraising and donating their time.

“We appreciate all the support we received from each of this year’s teams and sponsors, as well as to the many volunteers who continue to make Relay a success,” said Aycock.

Volunteers have already begun recruiting for the 2013 Relay For Life season. For more information about Relay For Life and how to become involved visit http://www.RelayForLife.org or call 800-227-2345.

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