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May 16, 2013

Progress to be focus of Relay for Life speech

Guest speaker for opening ceremony announced


Relay For Life is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. It encompasses fundraising, awareness and education. 

The event is an overnight celebration where pre-formed team members take turns walking around a track “relay” style. The first one was held in 1985 with a doctor who walked a track for 24 hours raising $27,000 for his local American Cancer Society in Tacoma, Wash. This year, Relay For Life festivities are set to take place in more than 6,000 communities. 

This is the 15th year for the Cooperstown/Otsego County Relay For Life, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Cooperstown Dreams Park. Last year’s event raised a record setting $112,000.

Campbell, who has worked for Bassett since 2005, said he is looking forward to this year’s festivities. The doctor said he is generally out of town during the dates of the local event and is glad to be included this year.   

“It is really important to our patients,” he said. “I think it is very moving for people to see just how many people are affected by the disease. It is also good to see how many people are alive and doing well.”

As a physician, Campbell said he is very much appreciative that money raised is used to help local patients.

According to statistics provided by organizers, the American Cancer Society was able to provide 260 services for patients in Otsego County last year. These services were for such things as patients staying at Hope Lodge while receiving treatment, women who received free wigs for those who lost their hair because of treatments, participation in programs like “Look Good Feel Better” sessions and “Man to Man” prostate cancer support groups.

For more information, call Carla Eckler at (315) 858-1451, Teri Sammis at 547-2949 or Helen Gregory at the American Cancer Society at 1 (800)227-2345 or visit

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