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Home arrow News arrow National News arrow news arrow “I'm From Driftwood” Partners with American Cancer Society to Raise Awareness of Increased Cancer Risk in LGBT Community
“I'm From Driftwood” Partners with American Cancer Society to Raise Awareness of Increased Cancer Risk in LGBT Community PDF Print E-mail
Aug 09, 2010 at 03:13 PM

ImFromDriftwood.com and the American Cancer Society have joined forces to raise awareness of the increased risk of lung, prostate and cervical cancer in the LGBT Community. For an entire week, from August 9 - 13, all the stories on ImFromDriftwood.com will be from a person within the LGBT community whose life has been affected by cancer, either directly or through a friend or family member.

“Sharing experiences and stories have long been known to not just help in the healing process,” explains ACS Project Manager Michael Speziale, “but also in raising awareness. Nothing is more effective than a first person true story, and that’s what I’m From Driftwood does best.”

When looking for ways to reach the LGBT community successfully, Speziale knew he wanted to do something new and different from what the 97-year-old company had done in the past. After seeing the captivating I’m From Driftwood video stories, he knew he had found that way.

“I had no idea our community was more prone to certain types of cancer,” IFD founder Nathan Manske explains, “ACS came to us with all these numbers and statistics and I knew immediately we had to get the word out. It’s quite literally a matter of life and death for so many LGBT folks.”

The ACS is also having its LGBT Relay For Life event on September 25 at the World Financial Center in NYC. To learn more about it, visit http://www.relayforlife.org/LGBT.

ABOUT THE ACS RELAY FOR LIFE: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.

www.ImFromDriftwood.com collects true LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) stories from all over the world--from the smallest towns to the biggest cities--to help gay youth feel not so alone. The hundreds of written stories and over 50 Video Storiesrange from the furtive life of a gay man living in Indiana during the ultra conservative, and unforgiving 1950s, to a clandestine underground gay-straight alliance in present day Indonesia. While some stories recount bitter memories of violence, hatred, and intolerance, most are a testament to the most common of human emotions - optimism, love, honesty, and hope. Together, these stories offer rare insight, and lend indisputable humanity to the lives of LGBT people everywhere, giving gay people young and old the world over a sense of community and a reassurance that they are not alone.  IFD is a 501(c)3-pending organization and any donations made now will be retroactively tax deductible once the 501(c)3 status is approved.


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Comment by Andy on 2012-07-01 04:37:39
Thomas,I come from the Appalachian Mtns and my special frneid lives in middle TN. We both know all about our Region and what small town / rural life here can mean. We meet few other gays and certainly can't be open about it. The climate in town and around us is not only not conducive to living out who we really are, but can be downright dangerous. And you are correct all we are is fags to them.You are an inspiration for coming out and I wish you all the support in the world. I hope you get to go to college or live for awhile in a decent sized urban area where you can experience greater freedom and more gay frneids. It does get better !!!!

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