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August 1, 2009

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August 1, 2009

The American Cancer Society and Relay for Life represent true HOPE for me. I have a HOPE that one day cancer will be eliminated and no one will ever have to experience the negative effects of this horrible disease. The words you have cancer will no longer be spoken. ACS and Relay for Life strive to create this world. I have worked with ACS and Relay for Life for over six years now. In those six years I have seen more and more preventative care as well as more resources available to those fighting this horrible disease. I am a teacher who, with the assistance of ACS, is teaching my students preventative care and where to get the resources they need. Teaching my students means teaching their parents and family members. I have students who come to me to find the resources they need to help their family. We are spreading the word about preventative care like mammograms, colorectal screenings, tobacco use, sunscreen, etc. I have had students come to me for assistance with family members about to lose their home because their cancer treatments are taking all the money they have – their house was saved thanks to their patient advocate’s assistance. One of my favorite stories is the one of the man who looked at one of the brochures we passed out and discovered his mole was similar to the picture of melanoma. He had it removed the same day he went to the doctor. This man went to the doctor because of one of one of the many brochures we were given by the ACS. My students are well educated about the many dangers of cancers. They are becoming more aware each year as to preventative care. I have true HOPE for the future of my students and their community. I have hope that all the preventative care and education we are providing our students, thanks to ACS, will continue to make a difference. I HOPE that one day cancer will be eliminated and no one will ever have to experience the negative effects of this horrible disease, but until that day comes I am grateful to the American Cancer Society and all their resources. I will continue to educate my students and HOPE that those lost to cancer, like my grandpa, will never be forgotten. I look forward to a day when the words you have cancer will no longer be spoken but, until that day comes I will continue to help those who face cancer so they are not alone. I will continue, with the help of ACS to raise as much money as I can to fight this horrible disease.

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

my entire community.

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

hope to do half as good a job as the current staff is doing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how wonderful and helpful everyone is. It is like a family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

come even closer to ending this terrible disease.

Ways to make it better...

it led to an immediate cure.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

staffing and funding. Due to tough econocic times several staffing positions had to be cut.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am very grateful to have such an awesome organization with the resouces it has to educate and assist my community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 1, 2009

My Grandmother, Mary passed away from lung cancer January 20, 2000. It was the most devastating thing I've ever experienced in my life! I have to say any organization that is searching for a cure and sponsoring as many events as the ACS is a friend of mine! Anyone that needs advice/support, I can assure you ACS has a resource! Hold your head up, ACS is working round the clock for a cure...... We will get there! Stay positive and keep the faith!

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

sooo many ways! My professor is an active volunteer and sends us updates weekly! Please please turn to ACS if you need help!

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

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Ways to make it better...

I was more involved myself!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 31, 2009

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July 31, 2009

My Aunt Iota passed away from ovarian cancer almost five years ago. She was a beautiful woman that had a smile that would warm your heart and light up your night! My aunt fought for five years before she lost her battle. I won’t ever forget the day that the hospital came in to her room and said the insurance company will no longer cover her stay there since she is terminal. They said she can stay for the night and we would have to make arrangements for her tomorrow. About 45 minutes later the hospital staff came in started to unhook her. We asked what they were doing and they told us she can’t stay any longer. Baffled we let them know that we were told she could stay until tomorrow so we can make arrangements for her at Hospice. They said the ambulance is outside waiting and they contacted Hospice to let them know she was on her way. We all were shocked and completely disturbed by their action. They treated my dying aunt with no respect. When the money ran out they just wanted to get rid of her like she was extra baggage. My aunt passed away a few weeks later. I visited her almost every day! The day before she died I told her, “I will be back tomorrow, I love you!” Aunt Iota really wasn’t responsive at this point, but while I was holding her hand, she squeezed mine, opened here eyes and said to me, “I love you and I will miss you.” I told her not to be silly that I would be back tomorrow. She knew what I didn’t know; she was going to be gone by the time I returned. I missed her passing by 15 minutes. When I walked into the room she laid there peacefully with the most beautiful smile on her face! She was happy again and the pain was gone. At that time I didn’t know much about ACS and how they can help. I began to work here in March of 2006. I learned that ACS provides rides back and fourth to treatment for patients, that there is the 800# that is available 24/7 for patients that have questions or need support and in advocacy they were fighting for the right of the patient. Trying to prevent what happened to my aunt from happening to others. I love my job here at ACS! No one should face cancer alone and we are here for our patients and caregivers! ACS is a wonderful organization that has so much to offer to patients and families! Thank you ACS for what you do!

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

the many patients that contact us for rides, resources and support. They now that they aren't alone. We will be there with them during their battle!

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

change a thing!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The reward of the patients smiles. The thank you calls from them and their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all caring and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build another Hope Lodge, where they can provide treatment and lodging for free to the patient and family.

Ways to make it better...

the doctors would have told our family about ACS and we could have contacted them to help us go through my aunt's cancer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

is the economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We need to try and get more people aware of our services so we can help out even more families!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

I WAS FIRST TOUCHED BY THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE IN 1978 FROM CANCER . I RECENTLY LOST MY BROTHER-LAW TO A FIFHT WITH CANCER . IN 2007 MY GRADSON AT THE AGE OF TWELVE WAS TOLD HE HAD BRAIN CANCER, AND THAT IS WHEN I DECIDED TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR RELAY FOR LIFE IN LAGRANGE COUNTY , IN. IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I HAVE MADE AS A VOLUNTEER IN MY LIFE TIME .IT IS NOT JUST WHAT WE DO BUT HOW WE APPLY OUR SELVES TO HELP AND TO SEE THE OUT COME OF IT ALL . TO WATCH THE SURVIVORS AT WORK WITH YOU AND THOSE THAT YOU HELP IS OVERWHELMING AND TO WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH OTHERS THAT HAVE SUCH A PASSION TO FIGHT THIS BATTLE FOR A CURE . TO SEE A SMILING FACE OF A SURVIVOR AT A SPECIAL OCCASSION SUCH AS A DINNER OR BREAKFAST THAT IS GIVEN IN THEIR HONOR . THESE ARE THE SILENT HEART WARMER REWARDS TO ME . TO GIVE OF MYSELF AS MUCH AS I CAN TO HELP THIS CAUSE AND KNOWING THAT SOMEONE ELSE IS DOING THE SAME FOR MY GRANDSON AND MANY OTHER PEOPLE THAT SUFFER FROM CANCER .

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

OUR COMMUNITY REP. MARTY HAYWARD PUTS HER WHOLE SELF INTO A.C.S. AND IS A GREAT LEADER FOR OUR RELAY TO FOLLOW . I THINK WE HAVE MADE SEEN SOME GOOD RESULTS WITH WHAT WE OCCOMPLISHED THIS YEAR AND HOPE TO DO EVEN BETTER NEXT YEAR .

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

IF I RAN THIS ORGANIZTION ,WELL THAT'S EASY TO SAY UNTIL YOU WALK IN THOSE SHOES ,THEN IT CHANGES A LOT . I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A WAY TO HAVE MORE CARING VOLUNTEERS AND BEABLE TO DO MORE SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THE SURVIVORS .

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

THE REWARDS ARE GREAT WITH RELAY AND WORKING WITH HARD WORKING CARING PEOPLE IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND SEEING A SMILING FACE OF A CANCER SURVIVOR . THERE IS NOTHING BETTER TO SEE THAT AND TO FEEL THE TOGETHERNESS IN SPIRIT !

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

THE STAFF THAT I MET WERE WARM CARING PEOPLE WITH A PASSION FOR WHAT THEY DO . THE VOLUNTEERS BECAME FRIENDS AND ALSO CARE ABOUT MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR SO MANY PEOPLE .SOME ALSO HAVE LOVE ONES WITH CANCER , BUT WE ALL WORKED TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF ALL

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

IF WE HAD THAT MUCH MONEY ,WELL WHOSE TO SAY WHERE IT COULD LEAD US . RESEACH WOULD BEABLE TO HOPEFULLY FIND A CURE FOR CANCER . JUST THINK OF THE HELP WE COULD GIVE TO ALL WHO HAD CANCER , WITH MEDICAL EXPENCES AND HELPING TO MAKE THEIR LIFE MORE JOYFUL

Ways to make it better...

I HOPE TO SEE MORE VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMING YEAR AND WITH THIS I THINK WE CAN OCCOMPLISH MORE OF OUR SET GOALS .

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

TO RAISE MORE MONEY FOR CANCER RESEACH AND TO GET MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED WITH THIS BATTLE . TO UNDERSTAND THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER HAS NOT GONE AWAY AND WE NEED TO STOP IT NOW !TO MANY YOUNG CHILDREN AND ADULTS EVERYDAY ARE TOLD THEY HAVE CANCER , WHY ?

One thing I'd also say is that...

MY LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE CANCER HAS EFFECTED OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS . YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO SUFFER FROM CANCER NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE TREATMENT , SADNESS AND PAIN IT BRINGS INTO THEIR LIFES . A CURE NEEDS TO FOUND AND NOW !

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

I was first touched by cancer in 1992 when I was 14 years old my grandfather passed away being so young at the time I had no idea how many people have cancer, have survived cancer, have lost someone with cancer or have been caregivers of loved ones with cancer. As I reached adulthood it became more clear to me and then in 2008 I lost my mother-in-law and my mother was diagnosed. My poor 5 year old was dealing with the total loss of one grandma and the illness of another and I became my mother's primary caregiver my daughter asked what she could do to help the "people who are sick" SO I went to ACS and I signed up to be a Relay For Life Team Captain and my (now 6 year old) daughter is my "unofficial" co-captain. We are helping one step at a time and the actual 24 hour Relay event is one of the few times I had honestly say I felt every emotion all at once it's unexplainable to be there walking on the track with the survivors, the families, the other Relay teams become instant friends and I truly feel it's one of the few ways you can involve children and let them know that they are never too small to help someone else. The ACS has been so wonderful to my mother and myself, they have been patient and answered all our questions, they helped us with resources we did not even know were available from support groups and wigs to financial help and transportation. I always know I can call and get the help I need so I am glad I can give back to ACS.

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

Helping my mother deal with her cancer the help that they have given us is Amazing. Relay for Life has changed my life in the most beautiful way.

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

Find a way to make sure the information was placed into the hands of a patient the moment they heard the diagnosis cancer

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It really feels like I am making a difference and showing my daughter that she can be the kind of person who has fun while helping other people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone I have met who is involved with ACS and Relay for Life are wonderful kind people who are involved because they care, they want to help, they want to make having cancer as easy for the patient as possible

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get more information and education out there for the public and help alot of people. Cancer is scary enough but at least with the help of ACS you have hope and resources.

Ways to make it better...

I had been given the information earlier

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the information out there. The number of cancer patients seems to just keep getting bigger and without the money and the volunteers only so many can be helped.

One thing I'd also say is that...

becoming involved with the ACS and Relay for Life has helped me just as much as I have been able to help others. I was so glad they were there when I needed them and now I am so glad I can give back so that others can be helped.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

Relay For Life has been a part of my life since 1998. My family has been touched by cancer many times and the American Cancer Society is always there to help us through. The training we receive as volunteers is top notch. The money raised for the American Cancer Society is well managed and used for so many people. I can't thank the American Cancer Society enough for all they do. The research funded by ACS saves lives every day. Thank you American Cancer Society.

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

the Survivor's Lap at our Relay For Life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I've come to know and love as we work together in the fight against cancer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best around. I've learned so much volunteering for the American Cancer Society.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund more research and save more lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

This organization is truly a great non-profit. From its advocacy programs to its support for local events. Their grass roots organization is solid as a rock and serves well. Awareness, support, and advocacy are the strengths.

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

opening of several Hope lodges and the improved mortality and survival rates..

Ways to make it better...

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

continue its programming and look for new ways to fund research

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the attitudes of the grass roots organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

tremendous and so, so supportive

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

work tirelessly to find a cure for this disease.

Ways to make it better...

I knew more about ways to put this issue in front of more people.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the lack of research dollars.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love the organization and its causes.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

I've been involved as a volunteer for 10 years with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. By volunteering to raise money for research, education, programs and services, I've come to appreciate the Society for all that they can offer. I've seen first hand the joy in a patient's face when they can choose a wig for either free or very little cost due to the financial assistance through ACS. I've also experienced first hand the comforting voice and help from a person on the other end of the phone when I've called 1-800-ACS-2345. My aunt called that number her best friend for a while during the early stages of her diagnosis. I've been a volunteer on local, state and national levels. I sometimes feel like it's a full time job and my husband jokes that the only thing missing is a paycheck. But, honestly, if I were paid, I am afraid I wouldn't have the same desire and passion that I do each day.

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

the eyes of my aunt who has called the 1-800-ACS-2345. She has received financial help, emotional support and medical guidance. What joy it is to know that my donations have helped to provide a source of answers to patients in need.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting patients who share their experiences with others to help make a difference and also meeting other volunteers who are just as passionate as I am about ending this disease.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the most dedicated I've ever met. We all know non-profits aren't "the big bucks" jobs and yet the staff dig in, sometimes for 24 hours at a time to do their jobs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

find a cure, comfort a patient, provide support to families and be the hope that all cancer survivors dream of to be cancer free.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

My relationship to the society has primarily been through Relay for Life. It continually amazes me that so much is done for cancer patients and their families. Sometimes it is the "little" things that can cause much angst for the patient and their family, and the society does all it can to help not only with the big things like research, but the little things like transportation for treatments, skin care, wigs, etc.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly caring. It is obvious they care about their cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

When I was told I had uterine cancer all I could think of was "I have to call Marty" Marty. a friend of mine also lost her mother to cancer and now works for the American cancer socity in Fort Wayne In. She sent me literature and put me in touch with people who could help me in every way including lodging while away from home for surgury. I pray every day for a cure for this disease and thank all who help cheer us up through it.

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

my own experiencde

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the willingness of the workers to help

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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