Trigg selected as stop for “Fight Back Express”
by Alan Reed
Jul 16, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The American Cancer Society (ACS) selected Trigg County as just one of seven stops in the state of Kentucky last Thursday for its “Fight Back Express.”

Kentucky Governmental Relations Director for the ACS Shannon Pratt said that the Fight Back Bus passed through the state during a six-month tour to raise awareness of cancer during the election season. “We’re highlighting issues important to patients and caregivers such as early detection, prevention and stopping smoking,” she said. “We want to make cancer a priority at the state and federal level.”

Members of the community met at the Trigg County Elementary School parking lot to welcome the bus to Cadiz at around 4 p.m. The ACS permitted all those present to sign the bus as a message to elected officials and members of other communities about the importance of the anti-cancer campaign. Among those gathered was Cadiz City Councilman Frankie Phillips.

“It looks good. My mother died of cancer when I was six-years old, so I think it is very important,” Phillips said.

As she waited, Trigg County Relay For Life Co-chair Pat Board said, “I’m excited to see all of the names on the bus. The number of people that sign are a statement to our legislators that we are out here fighting for a cure for cancer.”

“We have lots of different information about why cancer needs to be a top legislative priority,” said Pratt. “We have the Picture a Cure program today, to take pictures of survivors and family members to send to legislators to tell cancer stories. We’re selling t-shirts and commemorative pins for sale.”

Pratt said that the bus left Cleveland, Ohio earlier in the year, as a one-time effort to increase awareness. The campaign will conclude on Election Day.

Miss the bus? Read about the Fight Back Express' visit, and how to follow it online in your Cadiz Record.
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