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Pharmacology Essay

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1. Imagine that a family friend or colleague has just been diagnosed with cancer. Explain how the American Cancer Society might provide education and support. What ACS services would you recommend and why?
Unfortunately, I do not have to imagine having a family friend recently diagnosed with cancer. Sad-fully, this is a true reality for one of my closest friend’s two year old son. Little David was diagnosed with ALS (b-cell) in the past months. Although the mortality rate is lower for “b-cell” rather than “t-cell” ALS, it is heartbreaking to see the devastation that cancer brings to a family unit. The most challenging part of treating cancer for my friend’s son is seeing the ...view middle of the document...

There are a wide array of treatments available and many different routes of administration for those treatments. The ACS provides education on specific cancers and treatments. The ACS networks extensively with many medical organizations to research the best related information for a given individual. Not only does the ACS provide education but also resources to case specific studies that may be offered for specific cancers. The ACS service that I recommend is the relay for life fund raiser. This is an event that raises money for cancer prevention. This is not just a fundraiser that I picked for this discussion question, but one that I represent and help with. I am a firefighter for the City of Chandler in Arizona and the Relay for Life is an event that we participate in. If there are any students that live in the valley an event on May 3rd, the American Cancer Society will be sponsoring the CP3, cancer research study. This study is looking at ways to prevent cancer and some of the procuring lifestyle, environmental, and genetic causes of cancer. There will be a large tent set up on the football field at Basha High on Friday, May 3rd from 5-9pm where volunteers will be getting a small amount of blood drawn to assist with future research into what causes cancer and how to combat it. The entire process will take 20 minutes of your time if you are willing and will be a great benefit to the study. They are collectively attempting a total of 300,000 blood draws for the study, so if you are between 30 and 60 years old, have never had cancer and live in Arizona they could use your help. The following is our fire departments specific fundraising, again if anyone in the valley would love to take part please email me for more info :
Hi everyone, Relay for Life is rapidly approaching! It will take place May 3rd at Basha High and we are trying to reach our goal of $3500 for our teams donation to the American Cancer Society for patient assistance and research funding. We have various fundraisers in place so let your friends and family members know if they would like to help us reach our goal for our donation. Our fundraisers are:

* We are selling a solar charging flashlight. This light:
* charges in any light,
* holds a charge for years if not in use,
* gives 8 hours of straight usage time,
* is waterproof and floats
* costs $20 with $10 going straight to the American Cancer Society
* We also have 3 members of our department that have agreed to run at the relay all night long! Jason Underwood, Greg Brown, and Allen Blaine are going to go the distance for 12 hours! We have a pledge sheet at each station, if you or someone you know would be willing to pledge a few cents a lap to one of these ironmen.

* We also have luminaries for sale that you can decorate or dedicate for someone you know who has been lost to cancer, has gone through it in the past or is going through it now. The following link shows a little about the...

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