Big changes are coming for the Howard-Glasscock Relay For Life. The community wrap up held Thursday was hopeful to say the least, but the American Cancer Society has directed its focus on research, which means some programs fell by the wayside.
Elisha Moberly, health initiative staff from the Odessa ACS, gave an emotional account of the changes that will take effect July 31. Although the programs were funded by private donors, ACS has discontinued the breast prosthesis and bras program as well as the gas cards that were made available to those who couldn’t afford to travel for treatment.
Although the news was disappointing, the reasoning is understandable, she explained, “The gas cards caused some problems because they were not national,” said Moberly who related an incident when a cancer patient in the Dallas area, who had local connections, requested a gas card and was denied because the program is only available in the Permian Basin.
“When I found out about these changes I cried in my office all day,” said Moberly.
Uniformity of the ACS branches nationwide is the goal of the organization.