Cancer society recognizes efforts of Ness City woman
Published on -2/4/2013, 9:25 AM
Special to The Hays Daily News
The American Cancer Society recently awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Sabra Clarke of Ness City.
The award recognizes a lifelong commitment by a society volunteer to the mission of the society and to his or her community in the fight against cancer.
"Sabra truly believes in the mission of the American Cancer Society, which is to end suffering from cancer," said Kim Peach, society community development director. "Her three-decade commitment to this fight is truly amazing."
When asked why she has continued to volunteer for the society for so many years, Clarke said, "It's because I know the money I help raise for the society is making a difference, by paying for life-saving research as well as programs and services for cancer patients."
Clarke recently survived her own battle with cancer and said she is proud to call herself a survivor.
Beginning in 1984, Clarke started as a society door-to-door crusader and was dedicated to that program for eight years. She then became a society staffer in 1992, working as a community manager until retirement in 2003.
But retiring from being a paid staff person did not mean Clarke would end her commitment to the organization. She continues to be involved with Relay For Life and has served many important roles for Relay For Life of Ness County, including event chairwoman and chairwoman of the committees for sponsorship, luminaria, team recruitment and team development, as well as serving as a relay team captain. Clarke is chairwoman of Kansas Relay For Life Regional Council.
In addition to relay, Clarke also has given her time and talent to Daffodil Days and is the Road to Recovery coordinator in Ness County.
For more information about Relay For Life, go to www.relayforlife.org. For cancer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.