A taste of hope

Local businesses to donate partial proceeds to Relay for Life of Hamilton County in May

— Daily Freeman-Journal file photo Participants carry the survivors banner in the 2016 Relay for Life of Hamilton County. This year’s event will be held June 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. A select number of local restaurants will be donating a portion of their proceeds during the month of May to Relay for Life of Hamilton County.

During the month of May, local participating restaurants will be hosting special promotions with the donations coming back to the Relay for Life of Hamilton County.

“We thought this would be a fun way to raise money for Relay for Life of Hamilton County and get people out to local restaurants,” said Relay for Life of Hamilton County planning committee volunteer Jennie Brinkema.

Second Street Emporium will be donating $1 from every sirloin steak dinner. If a dessert is added to the sirloin steak dinner, 50 percent of the dessert price will be donated too. This will be valid throughout the entire month of May.

Whoop-Ti-Doos will be donating $1 from every Big Boy sandwich sold in May.

Grid Iron Grill & Sports Lounge will be donating $2 from any purchase on the weeknight Coach’s Call dinner special.

Leon’s Pizza will be donating $2 from every large pizza sold on Mondays in May.

Pizza Hut will be donating 15 percent of all sales on May 9.

“It’s important to support these businesses because they are local, really good places to eat,” said Brinkema. “It’s always good to support businesses giving a portion of their profits to help support individuals who are suffering from cancer.”

This year’s Relay for Life of Hamilton County will take place on Thursday, June 22 from 5-9 p.m. at the Twin Parks.

According to Caryline Clark, Relay for Life community manager, Relay For Life is the signature community event for the American Cancer Society. A donation to the Relay For Life of Hamilton County would support ACS FREE programs and services provided to cancer patients and their families in communities where the support is needed, including Hamilton County.

Some of those programs that are utilized in Hamilton County include:

• Hope Lodge– a free home away from home in Iowa City for cancer patients and their caregivers receiving treatment. Just last year, over 100 free nights were provided to Hamilton County cancer patients and their caregivers who needed to travel to Iowa City for treatment.

• The Look Good, Feel Better program that helps cancer patients battle the physical side effects of cancer, like how to draw on eyebrows and how to style a wig.

• A free cancer resource network, 1-800-227-2345 where anyone can call any time of day (24/7) to get information about support groups, clinical trials, emotional support, rides to treatment, assistance with insurance, etc.

• Online support groups, mentor groups, accurate information and support.

According to Clark, donations also support the American Cancer Society’s research, as we are the #1 non-profit organization funding cancer research to find new ways to treat, detect, and cure. As well as researching prevention! Currently in the state of Iowa we are funding over $1.5 million dollars in cancer research grants.

“We’re in every community, fighting every cancer, every day,” said Clark. “Cancer knows no boundaries, so funds are put where the need is greatest: in your neighborhood or, perhaps in the lab of a researcher at MIT who will unlock the mystery of cancer cell replication and save the life of your grandchild.”