BY CLARISSA SACIA — Outrigger Guam Beach Resort (OGM) has been a supporter of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Relay for Life, through its Guam chapter, for many years. OGM has sponsored the charity’s kick-off meeting at the start of each year, and several other meetings throughout the months, by providing the venue and refreshments. This year’s first meeting was held Jan. 23 with dozens of team captains from various corporate, private and government groups in attendance.
The meetings are held to help the ACS as they prepare for Relay for Life, held in May, and allows the teams to share and learn information about what each is doing to raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause. Survivors and caregivers also provide insight on how they and their families have benefitted from the efforts of this charity and the community. In our meeting, one of this year’s “Hero of Hope,” Frankie Perez, shared some of his experiences as a cancer survivor. Mr. Perez is a local radio personality who was diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago. Like many others, he said that prior to learning of his cancer, he didn’t know much about how the charity worked, how big of an impact it really had or the fact that this disease touches the lives of so many.
He has since learned that the fundraising efforts go to research and development for new treatments and drugs, patient and caregiver assistance, the Hope Lodge and community awareness, among others. He has been a beneficiary of ACS’ efforts and has overwhelming gratitude for their good works. Last year’s fundraising efforts in Guam raised over $500,000, the sixth highest in the nation. This amount could fund three grants for research and development. This year’s theme for Relay for Life is “Family Game Night.”