Quarter Mania Brings Frenzied Fun

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Despite the frigid weather, the Warsaw Community Building was filled to capacity on Saturday night at the Ninth Annual Quarter Mania sponsored by the BSJ (Bourbon Street Jesters) Cancer Fighting Team.  “This event gets bigger every year,” said organizer Sharon Guess.  “I am overwhelmed by the support of our community. This year we raised $20,300 to help cancer victims.”
From garage sales to crafts shows to the Quarter Mania event, the BSJ works all year to raise money to help in the search for a cure for those who suffer from cancer. “Our help doesn’t just come from Benton County. We receive donations of items and money from Benton and Pettis Counties as well as many generous donors in the Kansas City area.”
In addition to raising money for cancer victims and cancer research, the crowd at Quarter Back Mania was having a great time.
“Thank you for such a fun event and fundraiser, think I’ve only missed one year,” said Michelle Gerit.
“I just wanted to say thank you, Sharon Guess for all you do for our community.  You are a blessing to all of us.  Harvey and I had a great time and will definitely be there next year. Being a breast cancer survivor, I truly thank you,” said Shari May.
This year $10,000 will be given to the Bothwell Cancer Treatment Center and $10,000 will be given to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Research Hospital in Kansas City and $300 will be given to the American Cancer Hope Lodge in Kansas City.
Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting better. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease. 
Currently, there are more than 30 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Accommodations and eligibility requirements may vary by location.
Bothwell Regional Health Center’s oncology services are centralized for the patient’s convenience, allowing all patient needs to be met in one place. This focus on the patient and family allows our nationally certified physicians, nurses and therapists to work with each patient on an individual plan for cure, control or comfort care.
Bothwell Regional Health Center’s Cancer Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. For more information, e-mail info@brhc.org or call (660) 829-7792.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute HCA Midwest Health provides patients and their families with access to the latest in cancer treatment and comprehensive services close to home. Through Sarah Cannon’s network, patients have access to a team of trusted local physicians and global cancer resources that expand the reach of one single cancer center.
“We are giving the money we raise to help those who are battling cancer as well as giving to the American Cancer Fund to find a cure for cancer,” said Guess.  “Our team sits down with those we are donating the money we raised to find out what they need.  We aren’t just handing them a check, we want to know that the money we donate will help those from our community who are battling this dreaded disease.” 
Guess commented that she appreciated the many volunteers who worked during the Quarter Mania.
Those interested in purchasing a table for the next Quarter Mania should contact Sharon Guess.  A table can be purchase for $120 with at least 8 people at the table.  Individual admission is $15 for a white paddle and $50 for a pink paddle.  Guess commented that they completely sold out of pink paddles.
“We can never do enough to help those who are struggling with cancer,” Guess said.  “No donation is too small.  I can take whatever you want to give and make it look great so help us any way you can to help those fighting cancer.  Thank you to all those businesses that went beyond by not only sponsoring tables, but also donating to the auction.  We had over 300 items donated to auction.”
One of the big prizes of the evening was a 65 inch color television set won by Pam Myrick of Warsaw.  Another big prize was a Caterpillar Tool Chest won by Jessica Hinkle of Warsaw.
·According to the American Cancer Society, in 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease.
·The most common cancers (listed in descending order according to estimated new cases) are breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, melanoma of the skin, bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, endometrial cancer, leukemia, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and liver cancer.
·The number of new cases of cancer (cancer incidence) is 439.2 per 100,000 men and women per year (based on 2011–2015 cases).
·The number of cancer deaths (cancer mortality) is 163.5 per 100,000 men and women per year (based on 2011–2015 deaths).
·Cancer mortality is higher among men than women (196.8 per 100,000 men and 139.6 per 100,000 women). When comparing groups based on race/ethnicity and sex, cancer mortality is highest in African American men (239.9 per 100,000) and lowest in Asian/Pacific Islander women (88.3 per 100,000).
·In 2016, there were an estimated 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. The number of cancer survivors is expected to increase to 20.3 million by 2026.
·Approximately 38.4% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes (based on 2013–2015 data).
·In 2017, an estimated 15,270 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 were diagnosed with cancer and 1,790 died of the disease.
·Estimated national expenditures for cancer care in the United States in 2017 were $147.3 billion. In future years, costs are likely to increase as the population ages and cancer prevalence increases. Costs are also likely to increase as new, and often more expensive, treatments are adopted as standards of care.
Statistics at a Glance: The Burden of Cancer Worldwide
·Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2012, there were 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide.
·57% of new cancer cases in 2012 occurred in less developed regions of the world that include Central America and parts of Africa and Asia; 65% of cancer deaths also occurred in these regions.
·The number of new cancer cases per year is expected to rise to 23.6 million by 2030.
In the United States, the overall cancer death rate has declined since the early 1990s. The most recent SEER Cancer Statistics Review, released in April 2018, shows that cancer death rates decreased by:
·1.8% per year among men from 2006 to 2015
·1.4% per year among women from 2006 to 2015
·1.4% per year among children ages 0–19 from 2011 to 2015
Although death rates for many individual cancer types have also declined, rates for a few cancers have stabilized or even increased.
As the overall cancer death rate has declined, the number of cancer survivors has increased. These trends show that progress is being made against the disease, but much work remains. Although rates of smoking, a major cause of cancer, have declined, the U.S. population is aging, and cancer rates increase with age. Obesity, another risk factor for cancer, is also increasing.
While the Quarter Mania signals the end of the year for the BSJ Cancer Fighting Team, Guess said that the team has already started making plans for the coming year.   “We are planning something very special for our big tenth year anniversary,” said Guess.  “I will keep going as long as I can because I believe in what I am doing.  This has grown beyond me, it is a community event and I am happy to be a part of it.”