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July 2, 2011
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July 2, 2011
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I fit many chairs as I am a retired physician who, in the course of volunteering for ICAN (International Cancer Advocacy Network), has also served on the Board and as Chairperson of its Medical Advisory Council.

Over the past 10 or so years I have developed great respect for the
organization, especially its CEO, Marcia Horn. Her knowledge of the intricate, complicated aspects of cancer and dedication to assisting laste stage cancer patients acheiving the best hope of survival is unmatched. The one-on-one personal contact with cancer patients or family, and the review of their medical records and treatment is not dupicated anywhere that I know.

What ICAN needs is more money and more staffing so that it can expand serving more patients in great need of this vital service.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Cancer strikes everyone's family. My daughter developed Ovarian Cancer. Consultation with ICAN - Marcia Horn and Dr. Pettit (ICAN's scientific advisor) - directed my daughter to the best of medical care. My daughter is now 9 years post-diagnosis alive, well, and cancer free - a remarkable achievement with a disease that kills over 90% within 5 years. I was horror-stricken when my wife developed a rare cancer. It was ICAn that was able to expedite entry into medical care when I myself could not.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase the staff to 100 people so that ICAN could serve the huge case load that is out there.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I cannot think of a thing.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I developed a tremendous knowledge of cancer, the treatments and difficulty that patients and family go through.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

wonderful

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 1, 2011

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July 1, 2011

My time as a Web Research Intern has been incredibly fulfilling. I've learned so much about cancer advocacy and even medical/scientific aspects of cancer simply by compiling research and literature for ICAN's resource project. Also, the communication between volunteers and the supervisors and executives is extremely efficient and quick. It's impressive!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None really!

July 1, 2011

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July 1, 2011

Volunteering for ICAN has been one of the richest and most rewarding experiences in my long career as a cancer researcher. I was searching for an organization that would allow me to give back to the cancer community in a meaningful manner. What can I say! Volunteering for ICAN has surpassed even my wildest imagination. Their passion, enthusiasm, and total commitment to helping people with cancer just encourages one to want to do more. The team leaders and off course, Marcia are some of the most dedicated people around. Communicating with them all has been such a pleasure. There is no stress, just encouragement and a willingness to listen to ideas. I endorse this organization wholeheartedly.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ICAN is my way to help and support patients and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find more volunteers and get more funding to help all the people in need of their services

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I came across ICAN's website when I was looking for meaningful volunteer work to do before starting my graduate program. It has been amazing ever since and I can't imagine ever leaving! The assignments are fulfilling and the entire team is incredibly friendly and cooperative. Marcia (CEO+President) works day and night and is always willing to lend a hand. It's good to know that the effort I put into this role helps people who have no hope in finding help: late-stage cancer patients. I highly recommend volunteering for ICAN.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the number of visitors who benefit from the information and dealing with patients and patient families who have nowhere else to turn to for help.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything. I love it as it is.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I thoroughly enjoy volunteering for ICAN. I learn a lot from my research and it feels wonderful to be contributing to such a great cause. The organization has excellent communication, which helps to keep me up to date and answer my questions quickly.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen friends go through the struggles of what the next step is when cancer is discovered. An organization like ICAN is crucial to people who don't know what to do or where to turn. It is so fulfilling to be contributing to this organization's work.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find more volunteers to contribute to the research they're doing. They have so much information to look through and the more people, the faster they can do it.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I had the privilege of serving on the board for several years and got to see first hand the amazing service this Org provides and the niche it fills. i continue to be a strong supporter and donor. I never hesitate to let friends and family know of their fine work particularly if they are in need of counsel on their health situation. Several of my friends are alive today do the the careful, conscious advice provide by their amazing team. THere is tremendous need for a resource in later stage Cancer cases and i know of no other i could turn to that will provide true options like ICAN.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

. Several of my friends are alive today do the the careful, conscious advice provide by their amazing team. THere is tremendous need for a resource in later stage Cancer cases and i know of no other i could turn to that will provide true options like ICAN. Until i became affiliated with ICAN i was unaware that there were other options besides what a local doctor might recommend

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

acquire funds to provide for additional technical staff as there can never be enough of this resource.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none that i can think of .. very respectful and well organized

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

i learned of resources i had never known of and means of searching for same as well as new vocabulary

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

empowered to help others and myself if need be

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

Volunteering for ICAN these past two years has been a wonderful experience for me and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. As the Director of Research Team Leaders, I can say that I work with what I consider to be some of the finest and most dedicated virtual volunteers in the world. Each and every one of our volunteers works so hard to further help us obtain our truly worthy goal of prolonging our patient's life with a high quality of life .

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ICAN is my opportunity to give back in memory of all the loved ones that I have personally lost to cancer.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We have are always communicating with our volunteers and actively developing new ways we can become the best organization we can be.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

I have been working as a virtual volunteer with ICAN for a few months now and it has been a wonderful experience. Everyone I have worked with and communicated with has been kind, helpful, and professional. They are extremely well-organized, and everyone is clearly very committed to doing good work and helping cancer patients. The work I have been doing has involved researching journal articles online, which has been ideal work for me since I am a writer and editor who does a lot of internet research for my day job. Virtual volunteering for ICAN is great if you like flexible work that you can do in your free time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Although I haven't personally benefited from ICAN's work, I have family and friends who have suffered from cancer or are currently battling it now, so I am deeply appreciative of what ICAN is doing to help people fighting cancer.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

All of my dealings with ICAN so far have been great and I haven't yet noticed anything in their approach that needs improvement.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

I have had the honor of working alongside and at the direction of Marcia Horn for some time now. It is simply not possible to be near her and to personally observe the hope and education that she gives those in desperate need, without wanting to help in any small way that one can.

It is
not easy to understand Marcia. I have never been close to anyone that did not have a hidden agenda to meet some personal need(s). To graduate at the top of her class at Stanford Law School opened a multitude of doors for personal gain. Instead, Marcia appears to have given her complete life to serving in areas where she sees a great human need not being competently addressed by others. As one example of her selflessness, she is always available, day or night. Her energy level is almost super human.

Marcia’s personal knowledge surrounding cancer (including new developments) is astounding. She is so respected in the medical community that she is on a first name basis with many of the top cancer physicians in the United States.

The big gift that Marcia passes out freely to all in need is hope. I have observed families in despair do a total attitude turn-a-round after just one phone conversation with Marcia. Moreover, she combines being factual with compassion. Patients and families alike truly come to understand what the situation is and what the future could hold. Marcia does not practice medicine, but she is the best coach one could have. She is truly a five star human being.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Two sets of family members have been greatly assisted by Marcia Horn and her organization.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it several times larger and publicize it's availability.

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

I first learned about ICAN while volunteering at an event in 2007. I asked ICAN to help my girlfriend who was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. They helped her get into a clinical trial, and she is here with us today because of it. I am now going through testing for leukemia and ICAN has been an invaluable resource in helping me find the right doctors.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ICAN helped save my girlfriend's life and is now helping me through a difficult leukemia diagnosis.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None - it is wonderful just as it is!

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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