Readers’ Views

Donation appreciated

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Focus on Fairmont Committee, we would like to thank Martin County Area Foundation for its generous donation for the banners and flower baskets that line the streets and brighten our city.

These flowers and banners are great reminders of our supportive community, and serve as a nice welcome to the many guests who are visiting Fairmont.

We also would like to thank the city of Fairmont for maintaining the flowers and banners in order to keep them healthy and bright. This is a wonderful example of how working together can make great things happen.

We look forward to sharing more about our committee at Fairmont’s Happy Hour event on Nov. 30 at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont. We want to welcome new ideas/visions for our community.

Thank you again to the Martin County Area Foundation for its continued support of this project that can be enjoyed by every person living in and visiting our community.

Tammie Hested,

and all Focus on Fairmont

committee members


Helping save lives

To the Editor:

Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer in men and women (not counting skin cancer), and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women.

The American Cancer Society has a long history of finding answers to critical questions about lung cancer. These efforts have helped reduce lung cancer death rates in men by 36 percent over the past two decades and in women by 11 percent since 2002. Despite this progress, lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

Cancer affects not only the person with cancer, but also that person’s caregiver and loved ones. The caregiver is often a key part of the patient’s care. On top of normal daily tasks, caregivers become part of the cancer treatment team. Despite the demands and stress of caring for someone who has cancer, being a caregiver can be satisfying. Still, at some point, there may be just too much for one person to do. Ask for help. You have an important role to play in helping your loved one through their cancer experience. American Cancer Society has information, resources and support that can help you.

Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the tissues of the pancreas. Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in the United States. In 2017, an estimated 53,670 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. If you have pancreatic cancer or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope.

Whether you are living with cancer or living after cancer, or have questions and concerns about life as a survivor or caregiver, you can find information on the American Cancer Society website, or by calling (800) 227-2345. There is also a live chat available on the website.

The money raised by Relay for Life goes to the American Cancer Society. Join Relay for Life because every step you take when you relay is personal, and together we are helping to save lives from cancer.

Marsha Williams

Martin County Relay for Life

leadership team