Local Volunteers Gather for Watch Party to Kick Off
2010 Fundraising Efforts
An extraordinary story of courage, commitment and community spirit will unfold on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. EST, when ABC’s hit reality series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” profiles the Creasey family of Lexington, N.C., and reveals how the American Cancer Society Relay for Life® delivers hope to this family during its cancer journey.
Relay For Life, the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, has been an integral part of Tricia Creasey’s life as well as that of her husband, William, and their three daughters. When “Extreme Makeover” producers asked the American Cancer Society for help in telling her story, Society volunteers from across North Carolina rallied in the family’s honor for a special Relay For Life event, even as the Creaseys’ new home was under construction. As well, Relay volunteers nationwide sent taped, inspirational messages to the family.
Relay For Life events are held in more than 5,100 communities each year, celebrating people who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and providing participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Tricia Creasey was first diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in Sept., 2006. After undergoing a series of surgery and treatment, she went into remission. But, in 2009, her cancer returned, and Tricia will now need to remain on lifetime maintenance treatment.
The Creaseys purchased a “fixer-upper” home prior to Tricia’s diagnosis, but because her medical bills cost more than $1,400 per month after insurance, the family was unable to pay for necessary renovations to the house. Three of Tricia’s fellow teachers nominated the Creaseys for the home makeover, citing her dedication to her students and to her community.
While the Creaseys plan to view their “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode with family and friends in their hometown, Relay volunteers across the nation will gather for local watch parties. In cities across the High Plains volunteers will gather to view the program and to kick off this year’s Relay For Life fundraising efforts.
More information about the Creasey family and the Relay For Life event that took place during the home build is available at RelayForLife.org.
A Facebook fan page for the special episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has also been posted at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=240287017110&index=1.
The Emmy award-winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its seventh season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8 to 9 p.m., ET on ABC.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.