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ACS looking for participants for extensive cancer study

Published On: Apr 01 2013 01:22:36 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 01 2013 03:58:54 PM CDT
MIDDLETON, Wis. -

The American Cancer Society is asking for help from the public in helping them to determine what causes some forms of cancer.

A Middleton household dealing with the disease in the most personal of ways is just one family that is getting involved in the effort.

"Cancer's really affected our family in a lot of different ways," said Jeff Bremer.

During this year's Easter holiday celebration, family took on a more important role than usual for Jeff Bremer.

Bremer lost his brother Bob to lymphoma just last year, and his family celebrated Easter over the weekend for the first time without him.

"He really did enjoy family, family was very important to Bob," said Jeff. "Days like today, holidays where we all come together, it's all so much more real for all of us that Bob's not here with us today."

Bremer's family is no stranger to cancer: His sister is still battling the disease today.

But his family is fighting back by taking part in a nationwide study with the American Cancer Society.

And they're urging others to pitch in as well.

"We're looking for 800 people to participate in the study in the Madison and surrounding areas. Currently were at about less than 300," said Jeff Bremer.

The study takes place April 16 through April 20, and requires participants to provide a blood sample and weight measurement.

They're also asked to take a periodic survey over the course of thirty years, a time commitment ACS officials call a small sacrifice.

"The commitment it takes for an individual to participate is really a small sacrifice in comparison to what a cancer patient has to endure through treatments," said Greta Johnson of the American Cancer Society.

Jeff Bremer said his brother Bob committed his life to family, and that's why they're committing to further cancer research through the ACS study.

"As a family we're trying to do as much as we can to spare others that same thing in honor of Bob," said Jeff.

The American Cancer Society is asking anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 who has never been diagnosed with cancer to sign up.

For information on signing up, go here.

They're looking to get 150 more participants by Tuesday.

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