American Cancer Society
hosts Relay For Life

Overnight fun, food and survivorship!

[JAN. 30, 2001]  Sneakers, sleeping bags and cancer education? It must be the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, an overnight event to celebrate survivorship and raise funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and services.

The Logan County Unit of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be at the Lincoln Recreation Center beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, and concluding around 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21.


The Relay For Life brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families for camaraderie, food, music and entertainment — all while team members take turns walking or running on a track.

Relay For Life begins with students and participating teams from around the county who walk the track overnight as a reminder that cancer never sleeps. Saturday morning activities begin with a Cancer Survivors Walk and reception to celebrate life. Later in the day, a luminaria ceremony honors those who are battling cancer and remembers those who have lost their fight.

"Relay For Life brings communities together," said Kathy Blaum, co-chair of the 2001 relay. "We honor each person who has been touched by this disease, while raising money for much needed cancer research, education, advocacy and service."

"In Logan County, our goal is to raise $57,000 for the American Cancer Society. We’re grateful to the people and the businesses helping us to achieve that goal," said Blaum.


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Major sponsors of the event include Family Medical Center, Wal-Mart, Lincoln Furniture and Floor Covering, Country Companies and Lee’s Home Furnishings.

The Logan County American Cancer Society kicks off its fourth annual relay at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Lincoln Park District Recreation Center, 1400 Primm Road in Lincoln. For more information regarding the relay, contact co-chairs Kathy Blaum at 732-9372 or Mary Ellen Martin at 732-3349.

The American Cancer Society is the leading nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. For information about Relay For Life or about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society website at

[Logan County American Cancer Society
news release]

Click here for a list of Cancer Society programs available to people in Logan County.

Click here to see a research fact sheet from the American Cancer Society.

Programs in Logan County assist cancer patients


A program conducted among friends, family, and acquaintances. Trained volunteer callers contact five friends or other women they know to encourage them to get a mammogram. This strategy is called "peer counseling" because the volunteers are contacting other women much like themselves. It is also a strategy that has been tested and shown to work. For more information, call 1-800-252-5302.

Road to Recovery

A program that provides ground transportation for cancer patients to and from local treatment centers. This program is dependent on the availability of local volunteer drivers. Coordinator is Dick Eimer, phone 732-8338.

Reach to Recovery

A program that helps breast cancer patients cope with their diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Reach to Recovery works through carefully selected and trained volunteers who are breast cancer survivors themselves and who have fully adjusted to their own surgery. Local contact is Mary Bruns, phone 732-3761.


Look Good…..Feel Better

This program teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help enhance their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer cosmetologists attend a four-hour certification class to become a Look Good….Feel Better volunteer. Local contact is Judy Worth at Fabulous Hairstyles, 108 S. Chicago in Lincoln, 735-1453.

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Wigs and temporary prostheses

The ACS office at 1-800-252-5302 has an inventory of wigs and temporary prostheses for women who are in need of these items. Call 1-800-252-5302.

Special Friends

Special Friends is a program in which children with cancer are paired with medical students from the SIU School of Medicine. The program focuses mainly on forming friendships between the children, ages 7 to 15, and the students. Picnics, sporting events and even quiet time together reduce the fear and psychological barriers often associated with cancer treatment and visits to the physician’s office. The children’s siblings are also invited to be a part of this program. Call 1-800-252-5302 for more information.

Referral service

Our area office has a list of organizations that provide services in our community to individuals in need. Our ACS national call center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individuals can call the 1-800-ACS-2345 number and receive answers to their questions about cancer and related topics as well as accessing support services and local resources.

American Cancer Society research fact sheet

Research program contributions

The American Cancer Society national research program began in 1946. Strong accomplishments in the early detection, prevention and treatment of cancers have been made through this research, such as:

  • Use of chemotherapy and radiation to cure childhood leukemia
  • Development and implementation of the Pap test to detect cervical cancer
  • Development of 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU), a chemotherapy drug for colon and other cancers
  • Use of tamoxifen to reduce breast cancer incidence
  • Identification of the first human cancer-causing gene
  • First successful transplantation of bone marrow
  • Development of prostate specific antigen test
  • Identification of link between smoking and lung cancer

The program has funded over $2 billion in research nationwide. Thirty society-funded researchers have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

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Cancer facts and figures

  • Nearly nine million people alive today have a history of cancer.
  • Men have a one-in-two lifetime risk of developing cancer, while women have a one-in-three lifetime risk of developing the disease.
  • The five-year survival rate for all cancers combined has increased from 50 percent in 1974 to 60 percent in 2001.
  • An estimated 1.3 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed this year; nearly 57,000 will be Illinois residents.
  • Nearly 553,400 Americans will die from cancer in 2001; approximately 25,000 will be Illinois residents.


The American Cancer Society provides a wealth of information and resources on cancer that are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week.

  • 1-800-ACS-2345, the National Cancer Information Center
  •, the American Cancer Society website



Mobile health unit schedule

[FEB. 5, 2001]  The Rural Health Partnership has announced the schedule for its mobile health unit. Effective Feb. 1, 2001, the unit will run as follows:


Morning: 9-11 a.m.



Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.


1st and 3rd


1st and 3rd



2nd and 4th

San Jose

2nd and 4th






Mount Pulaski



New Holland




1st, 2nd, 3rd





Friendship Manor-Lincoln


1st, 2nd, 4th





2nd and 4th




Maintenance/ special events


special events

The mobile health unit does not operate on the following dates/holidays during 2001:  Feb. 19 (President’s Day), April 13 (Good Friday), May 28 (Memorial Day), July 4 (Independence Day), Sept. 3 (Labor Day), Oct. 8 (Columbus Day), Nov. 12 (Veterans Day), Nov. 22-23 (Thanksgiving break), and Dec. 24 - Jan. 1, 2002 (Christmas break).

For more information on the mobile health unit schedule and services, contact Dayle Eldredge at (217) 732-2161, Ext. 409.

February calendar of events at ALMH

Free blood pressure screenings

Feb. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 27; 9 a.m. to noon, first floor waiting area. No appointment necessary.

Senior Sunday

Feb. 4, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Reservations required. Call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 195.

Elks Children’s Clinic

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 8 a.m., on fourth floor. Call (217) 732-2161, Ext.444 for more information.

Laser Clinic

Thursday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the fourth floor. Call (217) 732-2161, Ext.444 for more information.

Pain Management Service

Feb. 12 and 26, on fourth floor. Physician referral required. Call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 403 or 444 for more information.

Lupus Support Group

Monday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. in Conference Room B. Call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 443 for more information.



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Diabetes/Congestive Heart Failure Support Group

Monday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. in Conference Room A. Call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 443 for more information.

Pediatric Cardiology Clinic

Tuesday, Feb. 20, on fourth floor. Call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 444 for more information.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Conference Room A. Call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 443 for more information.

"Always In Our Hearts" Bereavement Support Group

Thursday, Feb. 22, 1-3 p.m., in fifth floor physician’s lounge. Call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 405 for more information.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Monday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. in Conference Room A. Call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 427 for more information.

This family resource list to save and use is provided by the Healthy Communities Partnership (732-2161, Ext. 409) and the Healthy Families Task Force.         

Resources for Logan County families


Phone number



911 (Emergencies)
732-3911 (Office -- non-emergency)

911 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital


315 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Aging (Department of)


421 E. Capitol, #100
Springfield, IL 62701-1789

American Cancer Society

546-7586 (24 hour)

1305 Wabash, Ste. J
Springfield, IL 62704

American Red Cross


125 S. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Catholic Social Services


310 S. Logan
Lincoln, IL 62656

Chamber of Commerce


303 S. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Action (CIEDC)


1800 Fifth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Child Care Connection


1004 N. Milton Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-443

Crisis Pregnancy Center


513 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

DCFS (Department of Children & Family Services)

(crisis hotline)

1100 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Heartland Community College GED Program


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Hospice Care of Illinois

(24 hour)
732-2161, Ext. 444

720 N. Bond
Springfield, IL 62702

Housing Authority

732-6312 (24 hour)

1028 N. College St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program


LCHD - 109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Department of Public Health


535 W. Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62761

Illinois Employment & Training Center (JTPA)


812 Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Legal Assistance Foundation

(217) 753-3300

730 E. Vine St., Ste. 214
Springfield, IL 62703

Library - Atlanta

(217) 648-2112

100 Race St.
Atlanta, IL 61723

Library - Elkhart

(217) 947-2313

121 E. Bohan
Elkhart, IL 62634

Library - Lincoln


725 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Library - Mount Pulaski


320 N. Washington
Mount Pulaski, IL 62548

Lincoln Area YMCA


319 W. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry


P.O. Box 773
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Parents’ Center


100 S. Maple
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Park District


1400 Primm Rd.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Department of Human Services (Public Aid)


1550 Fourth St., P.O. Box 310
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Health Department


109 Third St., P.O. Box 508
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan Mason Mental Health

(crisis line)

304 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center


760 S. Postville Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Oasis (Senior Citizens of Logan County)


501 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Project READ


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Salvation Army


1501 N. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Senior Services of Central Illinois

(crisis line)

109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Sojourn Shelter & Service Inc.

(217) 726-5200 (24-hour hotline)

1800 Westchester Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Division of Specialized Care for Children



421 S. Grand Ave. West, 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Extension Service


122 S. McLean St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

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