This year’s Relay saw the largest survivor turn-out in the event’s history in Meigs County. JoAnn Crisp, member of the Relay committee believes this is a direct result of the promotion via the Meigs County Cancer Survivor Dinner.
Relay was discussed at the most recent meeting of the Meigs County American Cancer Society’s Advisory Board.
Board Member Courtney Sim said Rhonda Cullums is coordinating a breast cancer awareness walk in Meigs County with a tentative date of Oct. 11. Sim also reminded members that Komen for the Cure (Columbus Affiliate) is funding the Meigs County Cancer Initiative’s fourth year of the Think Pink Program which provides breast health education and screenings and travel vouchers for Meigs County women who are un/underinsured and age/income eligible.
MCCI’s Think Pink Program will conduct another Cancer Survivor Workshop on Sept. 29 at the Ohio Valley Christian Assembly. The tentative time is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to accommodate speakers traveling from Columbus. Sim also said Meigs County was represented at the Komen for the Cure (Columbus) Race earlier this month. Norma Torres and Carolyn Grueser of MCCI’s Think Pink Program manned a display as Komen grantees. Cullums and her sister, Paulette Harrison, were race participants.
Sim added she would be presenting MCCI’s “Get Behind Your Health” colon cancer media campaign during the Appalachian Community Cancer Network’s (ACCN) Research Seminar entitled “Addressing Cancer Health Disparities in Appalachia” in June in Charleston, W.Va.
Luke Sulfridge of the ACS discussed Smoke-free Ohio. He said the Ohio Department of Health recently has issued some large fines for violations, particularly in Hocking County. Sulfridge indicated he relayed enforcement concerns noted by the Meigs County Health Department to ACS’ vice president of government relations. Sim noted the Meigs County Board of Health most likely will make a decision about retaining or terminating its smoking enforcement contract with the ODH in June or July.
The next advisory board meeting is at noon, Thursday, July 16 at the Pomeroy Library.