Big Awards for Relay For Life events in Eastern Missouri

Volunteer leaders from Saint Louis University and Washington University celebrate their awards.

Nearly 800 volunteers from across six states recently attended the annual Relay For Life Summit, receiving educational information and updated resources needed to implement a successful Relay For Life event in their community.

With the theme ‘Dream Big, Hope Big, Relay Big,’ conference goers participated in various general sessions, breakout sessions and ‘The Experience’, which emphasized how to plan and implement a successful Relay For Life. An awards ceremony was held honoring Relays that achieved success in team development, leadership development, mission integration and fundraising.

Congratulations to the following events in eastern Missouri on their awards:

Thanks A Million: Events reaching over a million dollars cumulatively this fiscal year.

  • Cole County
  • Washington University
  • Franklin County
  • Cooper County
  • Perry County
  • Randolph County

 Top Ten Community Teams                                                                                

  • The Flower Children – $69.433 raised – 2nd overall

Top Youth/Collegiate Teams

  • Team Treasures – Perry County – 2nd overall raising $31.878.00

Rookie Youth/Collegiate Event: Top net income

  • Centralia High School placed 1st raising $29.943.86

Top 10 Community Events

  • Cole County placed 5th raising $335,463.81

Top 5 Youth/Collegiate Events

  • Washington University placed 1st      raising $263,878.83
  • Saint Louis University placed 2nd      raising $133,294.00

Top Online Youth/Collegiate Event

  • Washington University – $216.087.58

High Plains Division Community Per Capita Awards: Determined by population using adjusted census figures and based on the per capita income from all of the Relays in each county

  • Cole County – 1stin their population bucket
    • Population Bucket: 75,000-99,999
    • Raised Per Capita: $4.47
  • Boone County – 3rdin their population bucket
    • Population Bucket: 150,000-249,99
    • Raised Per Capita: $1.79

College Per Capita Awards

Saint Louis University placed 3rd

    • School Enrollment: 8,670
    • Raised Per Capita: $15.56

Washington University placed 4th

    • School Enrollment: 11,967
    • Raised Per Capita: $22.04

All American Award Winner: Event growth and implementation of Leadership Development, Team Development, Event Development, Survivor Development, Fundraising Development

  • Relay For Life of Adair County

Five Star Relay Award Winners:

  • Centralia
  • Kahoka
  • Owensville
  • Shelbina
  • Dexter
  • Warrenton

Relay For Life brings together more than 3.5 million people around the world to participate in a life-changing event, which has raised a total of more than $4.25 billion to fund the American Cancer Society’s mission. It offers participants and attendees the opportunity to celebrate the lives of those that have battled cancer, remember those lost to cancer, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against this disease that takes so much. Dollars raised through Relay For Life help support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Summit attendees returned home excited and empowered to ‘Dream Big, Hope Big and Relay Big’ at their events and year-round. For more information about your local Relay For Life visit or call 1.800.227.2345.


CPS-3 Enrollment in Jefferson City Exceeds Expectations

Craig Boring presents a plaque to the Goldschmidt Cancer Center for hosting the three-day enrollment for CPS-3

An amazing partnership with Capital Region Medical Center’s Goldschmidt Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society shattered expectations last week enrolling 374 participants into the Cancer Prevention Study-3. More than 40 people walked in without an appointment over the three days of enrollment in Jefferson City, Mo., proving that word of mouth increases participation.

CPS-3 is a grassroots effort where local communities from across the country can support cancer research by participating actively in this historic research study. The goal of CPS-3 is to better understand the factors (lifestyle, environmental, genetic) that cause or prevent cancer and, ultimately, to help eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.

Many thanks to the staff of Goldschmidt Cancer Center for opening their doors, to the volunteer planning committee and CPS-3 Champions for all of their hard with planning and recruitment, and to our Society staff for executing a successful event.

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Hindsight 2012

Congratulations to American Cancer Society staff member Jerry Markham for naming the Eastern Missouri Region’s colon cancer awareness campaign! His entry – Hindsight 2012 – received the most votes.

Here are some honorable mentions we didn’t think you’d want to miss:

  • Save Your Behind
  • Don’t Forget Your :
  • Bottoms Up
  • Got Scope?
  • Colonoscopies Really Are Positive
  • Get Behind this Lifesaving Campaign
  • Colon-osco-PEEK
  •  Don’t Let a Year Be Stolen: Check Your Colon
  • It’s No Big Deal Butt… You Gotta Get Checked
  • Colonoscopy… It’s Worth It In The End!
  • And my favorite tagline….. Honestly, Does This Colonoscopy Make My Butt Look Big?

Thank you for all the great entries and to everyone who voted to help name our colon cancer awareness campaign! Colon cancer screening truly saves lives. We hope you’ll schedule your test and encourage your loved ones to do the same.

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