The Edmond Sun

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July 10, 2012

For Edmond firefighters, battle with cancer personalizes American Cancer Society sponsorship

EDMOND — The Edmond Firefighters Association has supported the American Cancer Society for years, helping to raise funds and awareness of a disease that kills nearly 7,500 Oklahomans annually.

 That was before Edmond Fire Capt. John Werhun was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2008.

Werhun’s diagnosis and ongoing treatment has put a real face on cancer for the Edmond firefighters. As a result, the firefighters have committed to become a $10,000 corporate sponsor for the 2012 Oklahoma City Cattle Baron’s Ball — their fourth financial commitment to the event.  

“This is an incredibly important issue for our community as a whole, but also now has a personal tie to our department specifically,” Werhun said. “We are proud sponsors of this event knowing that the money will help Oklahomans battling cancer have more birthdays.”

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Cattle Baron’s Ball will be used to support the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program. Road to Recovery provides transportation to and from treatment for cancer patients who do not have rides or are unable to drive themselves.  Volunteer drivers donate their time so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need. Since January 2012, 140 patients have received more than 4,300 free rides to and from treatment.

“This event produces real money to help our community and our state battle cancer,” Werhun said. “From giving patients rides to treatment, to helping children cope with their disease, to providing wigs for cancer patients and survivors, the number of programs this event will help support is impressive. We must stand together as a community, united in our efforts to eradicate cancer, one patient at a time.”

For more information on the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Oklahoma City Cattle Baron’s Ball on Aug. 17, call 841-5818 or go to www.cattlebaronsballokc.org.

 

TO LEARN MORE about the American Cancer Society or to get help, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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