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SOS raises funds for research

Activities for the Spirit of Survival are scheduled to begin on Friday and continue throughout the weekend. Now in its 11th year, 100 percent of funds raised from this event are used to support cancer research and clinical trials being conducted at the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma in Lawton, Altus and Duncan.

This allows patients who qualify for experimental new treatments, who want to participate in a clinical trail to receive the best standard of care and cancer treatment, plus additional promising new treatment protocols, as a bonus to help treat and cure their cancer, according to Lori Cummins, race director of SOS.

"It's hard for people to grasp the concept of clinical trials and how the money we raise is used," Cummins said. "But this is what has led to the many advancements in cancer treatment over the last several decades. Without it, people can only receive what is currently FDA approved and available right now  and for some people there is no treatment available."

This offers new hope, plus the results are tracked and put into international databases for the benefit of cancer research across the globe, she said.

"It's truly helping our local people and giving them more options for survival, and finding a global cure for cancer," Cummins said.

From noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, the SOS Expo and packet pick-up is scheduled at Hilton Garden Inn, 135 NW 2nd. More than 13 vendors are expected for the Expo, such as Southwest Oklahoma Health Initiative-Healthy Aging Initiative; Armed Services YMCA, a health club, nutritional foods and supplements, American Cancer Society and Tipton's Fine Jewelry, among others.

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