It's often far too easy to underestimate the importance of cancer research -- until you or a loved one hears the words "You have cancer."

Those three words can make all the difference between simply absorbing news about developments in cancer research and truly appreciating the power of what scientists like those funded by the American Cancer Society do each and every day.

This Sept. 17, scientists aren't the only ones who will be making a difference. Residents of our community will have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enroll in the American Cancer Society's third Cancer Prevention Study, which seeks to help us better understand the factors that cause cancer or to prevent it.

Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and who are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study will be able to enroll on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. You can pre-register on-line by visiting: www. or calling 1-888-604-5888.

I encourage all eligible men and women in our community to take part in this important study. I will be there, proudly enrolling in what will lead us closer to a cure.

Knowing that cancer has touched each one of us through family and friends, I call on each of you to enroll today. You can be a key to a cure.

Research being done today will help ensure future generations never have to hear those dreaded three words.


Mayor C. Kim Bracey

York City