On Friday, May 12, beginning at 6 p.m., the American Cancer Society (ACS)’s New Tampa Relay for Life returns to the track around Paul R. Wharton High. Every year, I try to keep our readers apprised of the Relay events in our area in part because, like most people these days, I have a personal connection to cancer that runs very deep.
Back in 1967, when the survival rate for anyone diagnosed with any type of cancer was about what the rate is now for the deadliest forms of the disease (such as lung and pancreatic), my father, Jack Nager, received the diagnosis no one wants to hear. I was eight years old at the time and didn’t find out what happened to my dad until I was in my teens, but he had surgery to remove a single, large, encapsulated tumor from his left arm and shoulder area.
After removing the tumor and much of the surrounding tissue, my dad had the precursor to today’s linear particle accelerator radiation therapies, called cobalt therapy, which is still in use for some cancers today (according to Cancer.org, the website for ACS).
Fifty years later, although my dad has had some other health issues (he turns 83 two days after this Relay), his cancer has never returned. And, although I tried unsuccessfully to research how many people who were diagnosed at least 50 years ago were still alive today, I can promise you that 50-year surviviors don’t make up much of the population of more than 15 million Americans still alive today after being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetimes. In other words, although I usually only attend the local Relays for Life to cover them, this time, I plan to do a little walking myself, in honor of my dad. We haven’t always had the best relationship, but after all, it is something of a miracle that he is still around (and still living in my native Long Island, NY) half a century later.
I would love to walk 50 laps (more than 12 miles) in my dad’s honor, but my arthritic knees won’t allow it. I will, however, walk as many as I can without pain and pledge $83 (a dollar for every year he’s been alive) to the New Tampa Relay regardless of how many laps I complete. At our press time, a month before the local Relay, nearly 400 participants on 34 teams had already raised more than $21,000 of the event’s stated goal of $75,000 — and that figure does not include sponsorship funds.
If you want to pledge any money — whether in honor of my dad, a cancer survivor close to you or in memory of someone who lost their battle with the scourge of our lifetimes — or you want to join an existing New Tampa Relay team, visit RelayforLife.org and enter “33647” in the zip code search.
Neighborhood News & WCNT-tv!
We keep getting more and more people telling us how much they love WCNT-tv, although many business owners have told me that it seems a little too expensive for them to do.
Well, we are doing everything we can to control the cost of being a Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) Featured Business on the show, and to provide some additional value for those who do choose to be featured on it.
WCNT-tv is professionally produced and although it isn’t a cable network or a local TV station, it is a unique “on air” way to promote your business in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, as the first 20 episodes and multiple Special Reports now have a combined reach of more than 600,000 people and have been actually viewed almost 300,000 times on Facebook & YouTube.
Episode 20, which featured an update on the map on page 11 of this issue, as well as my visit to the new Ford’s Garage (photo), again posted some great numbers for the show and, when they were released individually on Facebook, the Ford’s Garage segment alone was viewed more than 6,400 times. Plus, the Taste of New Tampa Special Report about Noble Crust was viewed by more than 8,300 people! And of course, some of our non-video Neighborhood News Facebook posts, like the recent post on Aldi (see page 10) coming to Wesley Chapel) have reached more than 30,000 people!
But of course, the best way to reach the most people in New Tampa or Wesley Chapel is still to advertise in our two publications, which are directly mailed to a combined total of nearly 50,000 households and more than 120,000 potential readers in zip codes 33647 (New Tampa) and 33543, 33544 and 33545 (Wesley Chapel).
To that end, I am now offering all current Neighborhood News advertisers who are WCCC business members the opportunity to combine both our print and online media.
So, whether you purchase an 1/8-pg. ad in just one of our publications per month or a full-page ad in both publications (or any sizes in between), you have the opportunity to have a full-length WCCC Featured Business segment on WCNT-tv produced for your business for only $100 additional per month (for 10 months) over the current cost of your print advertising.
And, perhaps best of all, you get to pick when your segment will air. Whether you want it in the episode before Mother’s Day (our next one) or Christmas, we’ll schedule your segment once you start paying the additional monthly amount. Of course, if you want to save an additional $200, I’ll give existing new and existing Neighborhood News customers (who join the WCCC) their segment for just $800.
In other words, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-2575 today to get more info or to get your WCNT-tv segment scheduled today!