At Wilton Relay for Life 2014, the town of Wilton will come together this spring to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds raised will truly make a difference in the fight against cancer — just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year.

Wilton Relay for Life 2014 teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the Wilton High School track. The event is up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

While the American Cancer Society is making progress toward a world without cancer, only with your dedication and fund-raising efforts can we finish the fight against the disease.

With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer — we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Wilton Relay for Life 2014 experience can take pride in knowing they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors or rob anyone of another birthday.

For more than 65 years, the American Cancer Society has been finding answers that save lives — from changes in lifestyle to new approaches in therapies to improving cancer patients’ quality of life. No single non-governmental, nonprofit organization in the United States has invested more to find the causes and cures of cancer.

Where to stay and how to afford accommodations are immediate concerns for cancer patients who must travel away from home for the best treatment. American Cancer Society Hope Lodge facilities provide a free and comfortable place for patients and their caregivers to stay, so they can focus on getting well.

Cancer patients frequently cite transportation to and from treatment as one of their most critical needs. The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program matches cancer patients with specially trained volunteer drivers.

The Look Good Feel Better program is a free service that teaches women battling cancer beauty techniques to help them improve their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer beauty professionals demonstrate makeup techniques, nail care, skin care, and options related to hair loss.

The Reach to Recovery support program matches specially trained breast cancer survivors with people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want to talk to someone who has been there. These dedicated volunteers offer understanding, support and hope.

To learn more about how the American Cancer Society uses donations, visit cancer.org.

No one in the Wilton community should face cancer alone. Wilton comes together every year to celebrate those individuals who are winning the fight. Please email Nancy Capelle at ncapelle@optonline.net to share your or your family’s story about how cancer has touched your life.