“I have wanted to quit for health reasons and this was the jump start I needed to motivate me to quit,” Madden says now. “I wanted to do this after reading the literature and looking over the quit kits I received at Bucks for Butts, I’m planning on sticking to it.”
To mark November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Pinellas cancer treatment facility WellSpring Oncology (http://www.wellspringoncology.org) has been rewarding smokers like Madden around the Bay Area who pledge to quit before Turkey Day with the fourth annual “Bucks for Butts” campaign. Every smoker who turned in an open cigarette pack received a $5 gift card to Publix.
Among those who successfully abstained from smoking, Madden has just been named the 2012 “Grand Quitter Winner” – and received the prize of a kick-start kit to a healthy lifestyle, including recipes for healthy living and utensils to cook healthy meals.
“I found out about the Bucks for Butts program at the YMCA when they posted the flyer and saw it as a sign to finally quit,” says Madden. “I was told quitting smoking cold turkey would be hard to do, and it is. Being announced publicly as the Grand Quitter Winner is another motivator to make the commitment permanent.”
Through this unique community outreach campaign, the WellSpring Oncology hopes to increase awareness that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. In fact, smoking is responsible for 87 percent of all cases of the disease. Cigarette smoke contains at least 250 chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic.
This pledge to quit is about reducing the risk of many types of cancer, along with heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, respiratory issues, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and infertility in women and low birth-weight in babies.
About WellSpring Oncology:
Doctors Robert Miller, Zucel Solc and Frank Franzese opened the doors of WellSpring Oncology in the spring of 2008 to provide high-end treatment in a more personal and caring environment. The doctors at WellSpring Oncology have been practicing innovative radiation therapy since the 1970’s and developed the center to ensure patients have access to the latest technology available in the treatment of cancer. WellSpring Oncology’s physicians are all Board Certified in radiation oncology and received their training at the top centers in the country, including MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering and the University of California, San Francisco. WellSpring Oncology is located at 6600 Sixty Sixth Street North in Pinellas Park, Florida.
For more information or to make an appointment, contact WellSpring Oncology at (727) 343-0600 or visit them online at www.WellSpringOncology.org (http://www.wellspringoncology.org/#_