Local resident – a 44 YEAR cancer survivor – inspires community to Relay For Life

Billie Wesson, a 44 year cancer survivor, before a Relay For Life meeting

Billie Wesson has been a cancer survivor for a long time. In fact, almost her entire life. In 1968, Wesson was diagnosed with bone cancer when she was just two years old and her leg had to be amputated. Fortunately, the doctors caught it early enough that she did not have to receive any further treatment, and she’s been cancer-free ever since.  For the past decade, this local 44-year cancer survivor, has encouraged the community to become a part of a powerful event: Relay For Life.

“I not only participate in Relay For Life for myself, but also for my grandmother, who lost her battle to kidney cancer five years ago,” Wesson said. “I’ve been attending Relay events for 10 years and it’s a great experience every year.”

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life unites friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches…people from all walks of life. This fun-filled, overnight event mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and raise money for the fight against cancer. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting local patients, advocacy efforts, and ultimately a cure for cancer.

Billie plans to fight back through the Relay For Life of Central St. Charles on Friday, July 13 this year. But no matter where you live, there’s a Relay near you.

 “Relay For Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront,” said Ben Prinster, a Relay For Life event chair. “Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have been cured of cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made not just in cancer cure rates, but also in the quality of life following cancer treatment.”

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available by calling us locally at (314) 286-8156 or visiting RelayForLife.org. For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help line at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

*Content for this article provided by Kanna Taylor, RFL of Central St. Charles PR volunteer


St. Louis Magazine’s Food Wine Design event gives one night to American Cancer Society

St. Louis Magazine is proud to announce the return of Food Wine Design, a weeklong dinner series that focuses on the city’s culinary and design talent. The chosen charity for the Thursday, May 17 dinner is the American Cancer Society.

Food Wine Design was introduced in June 2011 and the nearly sold-out dinner series raised more than $21,000 for local charities. This unforgettable dining experience offers food lovers a truly unique and memorable menu created by the city’s most celebrated chefs. Each evening’s theme features flavorful foods and wines, stunning tabletop designs, and an exclusive four-course menu. Each dinner highlights two esteemed chefs from St. Louis’ best local restaurants, three tabletop designers, wine and beer pairings, a creative mixologist, a talented entertainer, and a charity partner that will receive a portion of the proceeds.

Details for Thursday, May 17: The Spice is Right
Chef Pairing: Kelly English of Kelly English Steakhouse; Wes Johnson of Salt
Mixologists: Joel Clark and Matt Seiter of Sanctuaria
Tabletop Designers: Cary Baumann of Cary & Company, Diane Rosen of Diane Rosen Interiors, and Kim Taylor of Kim Taylor Interior Design
Wine and Beer Pairings: W.J. Deutsch & Sons and Killian’s Irish Red
Entertainment: Electric Soul
Charity Partner: American Cancer Society

Reservations are $85 per person or $800 per table of 10. Five-night passes for two are also available for a special price of $750. Ticket price includes a four-course dinner, cocktails, wine and beer pairings, a gift bag, and valet parking. A portion of the proceeds from each evening will benefit a local charity, as selected by the chef pairing. Space is limited.

For a listing of each night’s chefs and charities, and for tickets, call 314.918.3033 or visit stlmag.com/foodwinedesign.

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