ACS recognizes volunteers
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 7:39 am
In celebration of the 37th annual National Volunteer Week (April 18 to April 24), the American Cancer Society recognizes and celebrates the efforts of its more than three million volunteers nationwide who are making a difference for people facing cancer.
In Weakley West, more than 20 volunteers give their time and talent to fight back against the disease, including Event Chair, Mark Dowden, who is determined to help end cancer during his lifetime.
“I volunteer for American Cancer Society to make a difference in people’s lives. Fighting cancer should not be fought alone,” said Mark. Mark has now served on Relay For Life committee over 4 years.
Working alongside Mark, Katrina Cobb is serving her first year as Event Co-Chair. “I volunteer for those who are too tired, weak and sick from their treatments and for those who have fought the good fight and lost. I volunteer so that others will never have to fight the fight,” said Katrina.
When asked why she gives so freely of her time to the American Cancer Society, Katrina said, “I volunteer so that my child – a cancer survivor – will be able to celebrate birthdays with her own children and grandchildren one day.
The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network sponsor the annual National Volunteer Week, which began in 1974 with an executive order by President Richard Nixon.
“Volunteers are the foundation of the American Cancer Society,” said Stefanie Johnson, Community Representative. “Volunteers have been crucially important in enabling the American Cancer Society to help save lives. As we recognize this special week, I want to thank each of our volunteers in Weakley West for dedicating their time and energy to our cancer-fighting mission. Volunteers impact the community in ways that could not be done without their personal commitment to creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”
Trish Hardy is serving her first year as Survivor Chair. Relay For Life of Weakley West will have over 110 survivors participate in the Survivor’s Dinner and Survivor’s walk thanks to her diligent work.
Trish also serves as Team Captain for the UTM Relay For Life team. Their team raised over $4,500 in the fight against cancer. In addition to the committee’s efforts, many volunteers in Martin and Sharon contribute to helping people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back against cancer through a variety of roles, efforts and American Cancer Society programs, including:
• Relay For Life® – More than three million Americans (including 500,000 cancer survivors) participate nationally in the Society’s signature overnight community event. Volunteer teams celebrate the lives of those touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much.
• Patient programs and services – Dedicated Society volunteers provide direct assistance and service to people stay well and get well in a variety of ways. Linda Ramsey, of Martin, is a new Reach To Recovery® volunteer. She will assist in providing one-on-one support as a survivor to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
• Legislative advocacy – The Society’s advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM , has a grassroots volunteer network of hundreds of thousands of volunteers who successfully work to fight back against cancer and send strong messages to lawmakers about issues that matter to people touched by cancer. Elizabeth Gilbert, Mission and Advocacy Chair, successfully communicates the mission of the organization at Team Captain Meetings.
The American Cancer Society listens, shares, heals, and nurtures a spirit of hope and a culture of caring through voluntarism. To learn more about how you can saves lives while fulfilling your own through volunteering, visit our Web site, www/cancer.org/volunteer.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.