wpid-wp-1427313049376.jpegBy Dr. Carrie Torgersen, Vibrant Health Family Clinics

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Pierce County is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, at River Falls High School. During the relay, participants and survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome, remember those they have lost to cancer and take action against a disease that has taken too much.

As a family physician, I find great inspiration from this event and how it shows that people can live with diseases such as cancer and still have full and happy lives. As the event draws closer, I take pride knowing that the Vibrant Health Family Clinic team will be walking laps through the night to help support and bring awareness to this important cause that touches so many of our patients and their families. These kinds of events make me proud to be a member of this community because it helps puts things into perspective and connects me to something bigger than myself and our health clinic. It is always a very emotional and moving experience to see the survivors and their supporters making their first lap.

At Vibrant Health, we continue to support important community events, sporting clubs and local groups because we care about the choices that promote a healthy lifestyle. Being powered by health and wellness is more than a tag line to us; it’s a way of seeing health in action in a way that matters most to those involved. The Relay for Life is a great example of this passion and commitment.

Vibrant Health’s commitment to this event is strengthened by our desire to play an active and meaningful role in improving community health and striving to be a part of our patients’ lives, as well as their caregivers. But the truth is: We are involved for a variety of reasons, some of which are never shared.

We recognize the importance of creating long-lasting partnerships with the communities where we work and the environment where our employees live. We contribute at events to demonstrate our commitment to staff and patients who are members of this community.

We think it takes people of all kinds — doctors, nutritionistssurgeons, and teachers — to help you live the good life. We also love to see our patients make decisions to improve their health and well-being and teach their kids the importance of making good life and health decisions too.

It takes a community to create a special, healthy place.

Here are some ways to get involved:

1. Volunteer time or space:
It doesn’t take much space for a small group to meet. Consider volunteering your facilities to local clubs or related organizations. If you sell books, offer to read to preschoolers at the library’s story time or get involved in the River Falls Rotary Club which spends time each week reading to elementary school kids.

2. Host or sponsor an event:
Whether it’s the Relay for Life, Red Ribbon Week or some other local program, most communities have at least one large event in need of sponsors. Can’t find a local event that fits your business? Read the local newspaper for upcoming events.

3. Adopt a project:
Once you start looking for an organization in which to become involved, you will probably find your community has many projects, big and small, that could use your hands-on help.

For ways to get involved, contact the Chamber of Commerce in your community.