A step closer?

• The search for a cancer cure continues, but Marion County residents are doing their part.

We affirm the spirit of the organizing team that led this year’s Marion County Relay for Life. The event, held Saturday at the Marion athletic stadium, raised $22,526 for the American Cancer Society’s quest to find a cure for this dreaded disease. ACS is the largest nongovernmental funder of cancer research in the United States, having spent more than $4 billion since 1946 to find cures. The ACS funds both external research projects through grants and scholarships as well as conduct its own research into cancer epidemiology, surveillance and health policy.

As much as we celebrate our local funding efforts, we can’t wait for the day when researchers discover a cure that will makes these energy-intensive events obsolete. Until then, we cheer on every survivor and thank every volunteer for never giving up the fight. —DR

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