The 2013 American Cancer Society Relay For Life season is underway and Country 97.1 HANK FM is proud to be a sponsor!


Where can you CELEBRATE cancer survivorship, REMEMBER loved ones lost, and FIGHT BACK against a disease that takes too much? At the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event in your community!

Relay For Life unites thousands of communities nationwide in FIGHTING BACK against cancer so that one day our loved ones will no longer have to hear the words “you have cancer.” Community members form teams for this inspiring, fun event, and each team keeps one person on the track throughout this overnight event, symbolizing that cancer never sleeps. Read more below about how funds raised through Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer.

Join 97.1 Hank FM at the following events this year; Noblesville on May 11 from12p – 2p, Danville on June 7 from 6p – 8p and Southeast Indy on June 22 from 4p – 6p. FIND A RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Your Support is Saving Lives

The American Cancer Society exists to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. Your support of Relay For Life is helps the Society save hundreds more lives from cancer, every day.

Stay Well
Now more than ever, we know that nearly half of all cancer deaths can be prevented through healthier lifestyle choices. In Indiana alone, an estimated 33,000 residents are diagnosed with cancer each year, but many of those diagnoses could be avoided. Funds raised through events like Relay For Life help us educate the public about risk factors and how to prevent cancer through a variety of awareness and education campaigns and programs such as:
  • School Health Education
  • Healthy Nutrition and Activity Guidelines
  • Cancer Screening Guidelines
  • Information services: 1-800-227-2345 and, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering support and education on a variety of topics
  • Tobacco and cancer
    • Advocacy and legislative efforts to pass clean indoor air laws
    • Smoking cessation

Get Well
When diagnosed with cancer, the most empowering tool that may be used to fight back and provide a patient with hope is information. In fact, information about treatment options is the most requested need from the Society through our website and National Cancer Information Center (NCIC) at 1-800-227-2345. NCIC serves Central Indiana residents and others across the country as a trusted source for the most accurate, up-to-date information about cancer.   

The American Cancer Society has a proud history of being a place to turn for cancer patients, caregivers, and families seeking support during a time of need. Some of the Society’s free support programs and services present in Central Indiana include:

  • Road to Recovery – a transportation assistance program that provides cancer patients with rides to and from treatment
  • Reach to Recovery – pairs trained breast cancer survivors with breast cancer patients to offer hope, knowledge, and moral support, from someone who has been in their shoes
  • Look Good…Feel Better– held at many hospitals in the Central Indiana area, this program helps patients cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, offering tips for skin care, applying make-up and wearing wigs and scarves
  • Cancer Survivors Network – an online social network giving cancer patients, survivors and caregivers a place to interact with others facing a similar journey
  • Information services: 1-800-227-2345 and, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering information on treatment options, clinical trial matching, help navigating insurance and connecting residents with local support programs
  • Personal Health Manager – a free tote box filled with files and folders specifically designed to help patients organize and keep track of appointments, medication, test results, insurance, bills, and various other logistical and practical details associated with cancer.  Kits are personalized for each patient to the type of cancer they have.

Upcoming Events

July 13-14 10am-10am Shelby Co.

Find Cures
The American Cancer Society is the largest source of private, nonprofit cancer research funds in the United States. The ACS awards approximately $150 million in new research grants annually through its disciplined peer review process – a process so successful that 44 ACS grantees have gone on to achieve science’s highest honor, the Nobel Prize. In total, more than $3.5 billion has been invested in research since 1946. In Indiana, the American Cancer Society funds more than $4 million in cancer research happening at four institutions around the state: Indiana University – Indianapolis, Purdue University, Indiana University – Bloomington and University of Notre Dame. The community’s support has allowed the American Cancer Society to be involved in many major cancer research breakthroughs of the last century, including:

Fight Back

The American Cancer Society seeks to raise funds in a variety of ways every year in support of its lifesaving mission. While there are many fundraisers held each year, Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society. As a community-based organization, the ACS has a presence in approximately 5,000 communities nationwide – communities just like Central Indiana. Our presence is evidenced by numerous volunteer driven fundraising events which also serve as a means of mission delivery and helping a community access the organization’s many offerings.

Over the course of our lives, every once in a while, something comes along that gives each of us a chance to do something significant. Something that will change lives, affect families and impact people for generations to come. YOU have that opportunity right now in the battle against cancer!

For each generation, the American Cancer Society conducts what we call a Cancer Prevention Study (CPS). Each of these studies follows that generation so researches can use the information and apply what they learn to the next generation to save more lives.

We are inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have never had cancer to join the 3rd generation American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study (or CPS-3). The ultimate goal of this historic research study is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the United States. CPS-3 will help us better understand what causes cancer and how to prevent it, so we can saves lives and create a world with less cancer.

Enrollment will take place at the Relay For Life of Noblesville on May 11 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at Cicero Park and at the Relay For Life of Greenfield on June 14 at Greenfield Central High School.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of the research that may change the course of cancer forever. Together, we have the power to save countless lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!

For more information about CPS-3, please visit, email or call toll-free 1.888.604.5888.