The American Cancer Society Farm-To-Table Offers Delicious Food and Honors Road To Recovery

This year, one of the American Cancer Society‘s (ACS) Metro East flagship programs, Road To Recovery, in which volunteers transport patients to and from appointments, was honored at its annual tasting. Farm-To-Table Metro East.

“We’re on an unprecedented mission to fight cancer,” said ACS Metro East board member Pam Funk, a nine-year breast cancer survivor and volunteer driver for Road To Recovery. “There have been 1,125 trips during the pandemic in St. Clair and Madison counties thanks to the volunteers who gave of their time and talent.”

Every day, thousands of cancer patients have to drive to seek treatment, but some have no way of getting there. The ACS Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment and medical appointments for people with cancer who do not have a driver or are unable to drive themselves. For more information on becoming a Road To Recovery driver, visit

Luckily, Funk’s doctors discovered the cancer in early stage 1 through a mammogram. One in three women has a lifetime risk of being diagnosed with cancer and, for the first time, breast cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. One in two men is at lifetime risk of being diagnosed, and lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.

“Early detection, I can’t stress that enough,” Funk said.

Funk gave an encouraging account of the first time she drove someone to an appointment for Road To Recovery, for a cancer patient over the age of 75.

“Be patient and kind and enjoy this life,” said keynote speaker Wendy McIntyre, director of Anderson Mercy Cancer Care, Maryville, at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville. “There is a loss of 20% greater than that of those who have access to health care.

The mission of the American Cancer Society is not only to reduce cancer mortality and fund the most promising research projects to improve detection and treatment, but also to provide the resources available to ACS to patients with cancer and their families.

“Tonight’s event is a wonderful reminder of how fortunate we are to have so many caring supporters who allow us to continue to be the leader in the fight against cancer,” said Peter Steele, vice-president. president of ACS, Illinois, at the event. 25.

Food and drink at the tasting included Old Bakery Beer Co., Alton; Bakers & Hale, Godfrey; Bella Milano, Doc’s Smokehouse, Moussalli’s Prime and Wang Gang Asian, all in Edwardsville, as well as Social Grace Spirits, based in Edwardsville; Bella Vista Vineyard, Maryville; Old Herald Brewery and Distillery, Collinsville; Copper Fire, Eckert’s Country Restaurant and Main Street Brewing Co., all in Belleville; Sugarfire Smokehouse, O’Fallon; Excel Bottling, Breese; and, Stumpy’s Spirits, Colombia.

Bobby’s Frozen Custard in Maryville provided 100 of its famous caramel apples for the Cardinals Fan To The Core drawing, for which the $30 entry fee included one apple for everyone who entered. Brad Goacher of Alton Memorial Hospital won the raffle, which awarded four tickets, provided by 1st MidAmerica Credit Union, to a St. Louis Cardinals game in 2023.

The Road To Recovery Raffle prize drawn on the evening of the event included brunch for six with bottomless mimosas at Wang Gang Asian.

Record Exchange provided vinyl records for a customizable custom paint job at the event.

Anyone interested in learning more about the rescue work of the ACS Metro East Regional Leadership Council or joining the leadership council, contact Mandie Ernst, Associate Director, ACS, at [email protected] Visit or call 800-227-2345 for more information and help.

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