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‘An Hour Against Cancer’ calls out to every area worker

A hard-working, reliable labor force is a proven Illinois Valley strength.

This month, area workers have a powerful opportunity to help their neighbor and to confirm the inherent dignity of all work.

The Illinois Valley “Hour Against Cancer” asks area employees, managers, proprietors, and independent contractors to please contribute one hour of their wage. In addition to its terrible physical and emotional pain, cancer hinders patients’ ability to work. It subjects families to lost wages and high medical bills – thus the call for a donation of one hour of your individual working wage. We are not asking to “give ‘till it hurts.” Rather, when we all combine our one hour’s wage, we’ll be giving ‘till it helps.

Donations will provide free services and supports to local cancer patients and loved ones, while also attacking cancer by funding national-level research and cancer prevention programs. Free services available to local residents from The American Cancer Society include 24/7, multi-lingual cancer information experts, information kits tailored to each newly-diagnosed person, free or reduced-cost lodging, local, regional and interstate transportation, nutrition and wellness support, countless website resources, cosmetology assistance, emotional support, patient-mentoring, financial support, patient/doctor tools, long-term patient navigation services, and much more. Any area resident in need can access these services and supports by calling 1-800-227-2345 or visiting

Donations can be made with credit card, PayPal, or check, and do not need to disclose names, employers, or wage. Information and the donation link are at “An Hour Against Cancer” is part of Relay For Life of Upper Illinois Valley’s “March To A Million” cancer campaign (see FAQs at

One community…one cause…one hour. “An Hour Against Cancer” calls out to every area worker, from the legal minimum wage to six-figure salaries, to please share the gift of your employment with those in need by donating just one hour’s wage today at

Mitch Landgraf, Chairperson, “March To A Million” and “Hour Against Cancer” campaigns Mendota

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