EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area nonprofit is looking for hundreds of local volunteers, as they try to figure out what causes cancer.
This is the 3rd study the American Cancer Society is doing. The first two looked into any possibly connections between smoking, obesity and cancer. This one is aimed at finding out whether genetics and life style choices are linked to getting cancer.
“This is really a rare opportunity to get involved,” said Peg Banks.
Banks with the American Cancer Society says they're looking for people ages 30-65 who are cancer-free for a study that is going to last the next 20 to 30 years.
“We're excited to see what this study is going to do in addition to other studies conduct. And how it might connect genetic behavior, life style factors that contribute to cancer,” explained Banks.
“We're healthy; we should feel blessed that we have an opportunity to help somebody who needs our help,” said Michelle Benson.
Benson signed up to be a study subject Thursday, August 29th.
“I had a really close friend Trisha Tolleson passed away from cancer. I just wanted to do my part to make a difference,” said Benson.
The American Cancer Society says it's 40-thousand short of a nationwide goal of 300-thousand.
Locally, it's 700-people in western Wisconsin. And the organization says they still needs more than 400-more to step up.
“This is really an opportunity for the individuals that typically are not represented in research to really be a part of something ground-breaking and exciting,” said Banks.
“I want to see the whole group sign up in her (Trisha Tolleson) honor.”
Benson says she is working on getting a group of friends, family and co-workers together to sign up for the study by its deadline in October to help cancer research today, so generations to come have a cancer-free tomorrow.
“I think people should just really dig in and try to do their part, and try to help others; that is what we're here for-to help one another,” said Benson.
The American Cancer Society says this is most likely the only study that will take people from our area in the next 20-30 years.
Those who do sign up will end up receiving about a dozen surveys in the mail total. To find out visit the link below.