American Cancer Society and Construction Industry Leaders worked together to fight cancer
Southern Nevada’s leading construction companies held their 5th Annual Construction vs. Cancer Event at Silverton Casino. The event gave families across the valley the chance to come together in support of childhood cancer patients in Nevada and nationwide, and it gives Junior Operator attendees an exclusive opportunity to get in the driver’s seat and operate heavy machinery, including backhoes, diggers, and excavators (with supervision).
Kids could also climb the popular Scaffolding Lookout Tower, dig in the Giant Sandbox, watch live local entertainment on the Main Stage, and help construct a cure for cancer by lending a hand at the memorable Wall of Hope art project.
Current Construction vs Cancer 2022 event sponsors and volunteers have already raised over $153,000 toward their goal to fight childhood cancer and include dedicated companies Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, NDL Group Inc., Vermeer Mountainwest, CSI Scaffolding and many more. Information about sponsorship opportunities, volunteerism, and other related needs can be found at www. ConstructionVsCancer.org.
All funds raised for the event support the American Cancer Society pediatric research and our mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without childhood cancer through funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. Because cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for ages 1-19, the Society currently funds 46 childhood cancer research grants totaling $27 million (as of March 1, 2022), and with funds raised each year at events like Construction vs Cancer, they are able to do so much more.
“Construction vs Cancer is my favorite event of the year. When you combine my love for the American Cancer Society and my family owning a general contracting company, the fit couldn’t be more perfect,” says Wendi Schweigart, Marketing Director at NDL Group and active member of the American Cancer Society Southern Leadership Board and Construction vs Cancer Event Leadership Committee. “For the last two years our company has been the Sandbox Sponsor, and it has brought myself, my husband, and our staff so much joy. I take great pride in being involved with the committee that plans the event, being able to work side-by-side with staff and watching our ideas turn into a dynamic and inspirational cancer-fighting event is truly a blessing.”
The 2022 Construction vs Cancer event team also highlighted the efforts of a local hero and advocate for The American Cancer Society with our Compassionate Heart Award. Each year, they recognize a voice in the community that drives local support for childhood cancer patients, always with compassion to hasten the day of a world without cancer. This year, they are thrilled to honor Mike Sukeyasu of MJ Dean Construction with the award. Mike’s drive and dedication to the fight against cancer through this event helps grow the impact of the construction industry in this fight.
About the American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community.
As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 27 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. As the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, we ensure people facing cancer have the help they need to continue the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.