Julie Bernard of Conway has been selected by the American Cancer Society to serve on the Mid-South Division Relay For Life Advisory Team. 

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. 

The advisory team is a joint volunteer and staff team, which provides leadership and input for Relay For Life programs across the Mid-South Division.  In addition, the team provides guidance to the Relay For Life department of the Mid-South Division in the development of standards, policies and guidelines related to the event. The Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society is comprised of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. 

Bernard brings a wealth of experience to the advisory team, including three years as an American Cancer Society staff member and three years as a volunteer Relay For Life event chair. In her volunteer role, Bernard has helped raised thousands of dollars in the fight against cancer. Bernard and her family have been touched by cancer and she says this experience fuels her enthusiasm for the event. 

"I realized I just can’t wait around to let somebody else make the difference and fight the fight," Bernard said. "I hope that one day very soon, there is no need for the American Cancer Society and Relay volunteers."  In the meantime, she and other Faulkner County volunteers will continue their work on Relay For Life. "It is a true blessing to work with so many committed Faulkner County volunteers," she added. 

Relay For Life events were held in more than 5,040 community events across the nation last year, raising more than $340 million. 

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.