Sadly, nearly everyone is affected by some form of cancer in some way. Personally, I've had family members lose their battle with the disease, so I know what it can do not only to the person affected, but there family as well. On the flip side, I also know people who have survived cancer and are leading normal, healthy lives thanks in part to fundraising efforts such as the upcoming Relay for Life at the University of Southern Indiana.

According to the American Cancer Society's website, there were an estimated 1.5 million new cancer cases in the U.S. last year with just over 34,000 of them coming from Indiana. The obvious goal of the American Cancer Society is to lower that number dramatically over time so that, as they say, can "create a world with less cancer and more birthdays." It's a goal they've steadily improved on over time as the death rate for cancer has declined since the 1990's. The 5-year survival rate now sits at 68% which is up from 50% in the 1970's.

Events like the Relay for Life at USI on March 31st help ensure that the American Cancer Society can continue to provide better lives for those with cancer and their families as well as educate the public on how they can prevent cancer from happening (i.e. quit smoking). This year's event is open to USI and UE students, faculty, and administration only, however they will be hosting a survivor ceremony during the Relay that is open to any member of the tri-state community who has beaten cancer. For more info on how you can be a part of this great fundraising event, check out our events calendar.