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July 27, 2009

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July 27, 2009

American Cancer Society is a national nonprofit organization that FIGHTS BACK against cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient services. Funding for this organization is raise through local communities events such as: Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC - 5K Walk/Run), Tropical Gala, and Cattle Barons' Ball. Each event is unique in that it offers a variety of ways to support ACS, depending on your preferance of venue. Whether its a night out, dressed up to enjoy auctions and entertainment, or a morning run/walk in your favorite workout clothes, or maybe even an over-night camping event to show your support through onsite fundraising...all are ways to support ACS's mission and helps fund the fight against cancer. I am a local Community Representative and I oversee 4 Relay For Life events (Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs, Geneva/Chuluota, and East Orange). Everyday, I experience the effects of cancer. Sometimes its through stories volunteers tell me, other times its watching as a patient visits our gift room. Through these experiences I have learned that we have to fight back. In every story told or gift room vist, there's always a gift of hope that is present. That hope is what ACS offers to its community. Its sad when I see a woman walking in with a scarf on her head because chemo has cause her to loose her hair, I can see the insecurity and embarrasment in her eyes as she has as she checks in to visit the room. ACS offer hope in providing wigs at no charge. It may not free her from cancer, but it does give her hope in self confidence and reassurance in being able to feel good. Cancer may cause many challenges to the physical body, but one challenge it should never cause is insecurity and embarassment. ACS has defeated cancers emotional challenge through its gifts and serivices. I've heard stories of men traveling far away for treatment and fearing not being able to make bills because of the financial stress trying to juggle daily home and travel expenses. ACS offer programs to financially support families dealing with these issues. These are very real issues that happen everyday. ACS gives hope in lodging at no charge through our Hope Lodges to decrease the amount of time and travel for patients in treatment. Road to Recovery provides local rides to and from appointments to those who cannot drive themselves or have no means of transportation. Gas cards can also be given through this program for those who have transportation, but financially cannot afford the constant trips of hospital and doctors visits. American Cancer Society gives hope and hope is while I pride myself as an employee and as a volunteer of this oraganization and its mission. Get involved with your local American Cancer Society...hope is the answer and for anyone hope can be given or received. 1-800-ACS-2345 www.cancer.org

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

giving hope to local community members through its patient services and outstanding customer service.

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Ways to make it better...

I could get everyone in the my community to help in some way.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 27, 2009

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July 27, 2009

I have volunteered with the ACS for 3 years via Relay for Life. I have also had experience with ACS as a caregiver of a loved one who passed away from cancer. To see the things that ACS does to commemorate those who have survived, remember those who have passed, and to give support to those who are fighting cancer never fails to move me to tears. Absolutely beautiful, and the success of Relay for Life is proof. On the downside, you have to remember that a non-profit is still a business. While I may not agree 100% with actions taken by our local ACS branch, they do have to operate lean and mean just like every other business. Sometimes it's difficult to separate.

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

research, advocacy and community involvement.

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

tighten the reins a little bit. Less extravagant training sessions, for example. Great to get people pumped up, but really pricey.

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

seeing the survivors, meeting new people.

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

kind and so very willing to help.

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

make another advance in the cancer field.

Ways to make it better...

ACS considers the committee true partners and treated us as such. Sometimes there is a vacuum of information.

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

the current state of the economy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 27, 2009

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July 27, 2009

The American Cancer Society gave me hope when I needed it most. I am a cancer survivor. The programs the ACS offers has helped many of my neighbors. One neighbor is a driver for the road to recovery program, it provides rides to treatments for cancer patients that have no way to get there. The ACS helped my good friend deal with her loss of her mother, she is giving back by leading up her local Look Good Feel Better progrom for breast cancer patients. If you've ever had a mammogram or a PSA test done-you can thank the ACS for funding that research. I have only great things to say about this non profit organization. I'm very proud to be part of such a dyanmic and caring group of staff and volunteers. Keep up the great work...and lets hope one day we put ACS out of business by finding a cure.

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

my every day life. I help to register all of our newly diagnosed cancer patients with the ACS, and provide them with the 1-800 #. I have see 1st hand caregivers find comfort at a local relay. I have seen the cancer prevention study in action localy

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

very proud to run such a great group of staff and volunteers.

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

How is helps people find comfort & hope in very different ways. It might be sharing their story at a team rally, or getting fit for a prostetic breast or wig. Or listening to other men at Man to Man. I love seeing HOPE in people who have contacted ACS

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

empowered, passionate, educated, dedicated, friendly, caring, outstanding, supportive, hardworking, organized, good listeners, compassionate, and the best there is!

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

fund several more investigators (researchers) you never know which one will be the one that discovers the cure!

Ways to make it better...

I would have know about all of the American Cancer Society's programs and services from the moment I heard the words "you have cancer."

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

lack of funding for research, cut backs.

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

I have volunteered for the ACS for more than 10 years and plan to continue to do all I can for this wonderful company.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 26, 2009

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July 26, 2009

Cancer touches us all. It seems to be the great equalizer. It is not prejudice. It matters not what is in your bank account, if you go to church,if you are ten or eighty. Twenty years ago our nephew lost his long hard battle. He was 12. Today, because of research, the survival rate of his cancer is 80%. The lives, the families, the communities will not be suffering from the loss. I envy them and I applaud the dedicated people who walk, who contribute, and who work on new ways to help prevent cancer, in all of it's henious forms.

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

Our loved ones who are still here and the faith in those that are winning and loosing their bsttles. The hope the even if it does not come for them, someone some day will beat this evil

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

The hope I see in the faces of the people who believe in this cause.

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

inspiring.

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

march even further towards a cure.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

July 25, 2009

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July 25, 2009

I have been both a volunteer for the Amerinca Cancer Society and have used the services of the ACS when I was diagnosed with cancer. As a volunteer, I found that the American Cancer Society offers opportunities to match and utilize your interests and abilities in the Fight Against Cancer. The possibilities to participate are almost unlimited. The Americna Cance Society is also a good steward fo the funds received, with the large majority of the funds raised going to programs to benefit cancer patients and to prevent cancer.

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

my own experience getting information and advice when I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. I was able to find treatment alternatives and ressure my family about the prognosis by using the resources founs on www.cancer.org

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

Hire people with more bsiness experience in key metropolitan areas. These individuals would complement the dedicated Community Representatives who represent the ACS so well at the grass roots level.

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

the fact that my involvement level could grow asn expand as much as I wanted it too. I don't belienve tht you can ever get bored working with the American Cacner Society because there are always new opportunities.

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

truely dedicated to fighting and eliminatinng cancer and easing the burden of partients and their families.

Ways to make it better...

the local staff ran the organization more like the business that it is. There is no question about their dedicactio nto the Misison of the American Cancer Society. I beleive that they could achieve better results with more focus on the business aspects.

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

the competition with other non-profits for a diminished pool of funds in the current economy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

This will be my third year as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. It is a fun organization to be part of, let alone rewarding! I currently am the co-chair of my local Relay for Life, a fundraising event in the spring. The kick-off for the event is a lap by the area's cancer suvivors - emotional!! I highly recommend getting involved: www.relayforlife.org

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

my community. Some of the funds we raised from the Relay for Life in 2008 went to sponsor local kids for R.O.C.K. Camp - a special camp in North Florida for children affected by cancer

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

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

the people I have met, both survivors and volunteers.

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

dedicated

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

change your life... because everyone is affected by cancer in some way, unfortunately

Ways to make it better...

More People (individuals and businesses) from the Community were involved

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

The American Cancer Society has helped my family in so many ways. It has also given us an opportunity to help fight cancer as volunteers and. The medicines developed by the research of this amazing organization have saved my uncle's life. Their different programs for cancer patients and their families have helped millions. I have participated in their Relay for Life event for four years. I love this event because it gives me a way to celebrate the survivors in my family, remember the ones I've lost to cancer and fight back against the disease. The American Cancer Society has given me the chance to take part in something that gives hope to millions and saves lives and I truly can't thank them enough for all they have done.

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

my relatives lives. My uncle's life was saved by the medicines developed by ACS and they provided support along the way when he was getting his cancer treatment.

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

being able to participate in Relay for Life. I get the chance to raise money so that others will someday never have to deal with cancer. I also enjoy being surrouned by people who have gone through the same things as me.

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

really helpful and friendly. They provided answers to all of my questions and they encouraged the entire community to join together and do something that would bring hope to so many people.

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

improve cancer survivor rates, bring hope to even more cancer patients and their families, help those who cannot afford treatment, and bring us one step closer to a cancer-free world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

I have been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for 8 years. It is great to be part of such an amazing organization that values lives and is working for a better tomorrow.

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

the amazing people I have met, and the difference I have made.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 24, 2009

I was involved with the Relay For Life for 6 years before my 13 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. While she was in treatment I kept a website to keep people informed. Here is an entry from 2004: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 9:30 AM CDT Sat. Sept. 25: Nausea's ugly brother, mouth sores, appeared in the middle of the night. She was in crying, screaming pain. It was awful. Thank the Lord for continuous drip pain medication. It almost helps relieve the pain. It won't help with the open sores. Mostly the pain med and the anitmedics help her sleep and then she's not crying in pain. She can't talk, open her mouth more than a slit or even swallow her own spit. It hurts her to cry. I hate the mouth sores more than the nausea. Let me explain the mouth sore thing. The chemo drugs kill the fast growing cancer cells, but since they can't distinguish between the bad (cancer) and good fast growing cells they kill them all. That's why their hair falls out too. The cells inside your mouth, throat, and gut area are all fast growing. Three of her chemo drugs cause mouth sores plus in the doses she's getting it was pretty much a sure thing. There isn't much they can do. She swabs her mouth with a gel to try to prevent the sores from getting infected and swishes a mouthwash with Benadryl and Lidocane. She hates it and it hurts, but she's a good patient and she does what she's supposed to do. She just keeps on enduring. I'm going to hop up on my soapbox: Having helped with the Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society I thought the research had come a long way (and it has) and bragged about how much better treatments are today (and they are). But, I am now the mother of a 13 year old cancer patient and I've changed my goal: Cancer just needs to be eliminated! There is never a good age to get cancer and as I found out (I thought I already knew, but I didn't really) cancer can happen to anyone at any age. We need to keep funding the research until they can determine who has cells that are going to mutate into cancer and provide a way to prevent it. I am so grateful they know how to cure Hannah's cancer, but the process is beyond what I ever imagined. I am now 100% behind the ACS goal to eradicate cancer. Just wait until the Relay For Life comes around again. You'll be hearing from me. Okay, I'm off my soapbox. Thanks for listening. She endured 7 more months of chemo only to have her cancer return 2 months later. There was no proven treatment available and she had a less than 20% chance of survival so she was enrolled in a clinical trial for the drug Rituxan. This is one of the drugs that helped save her life! It kept her cancer at bay during an infection when she couldn't receive traditional chemo. This drug was funded by the Relay For Life! Relay For Life really does save live! I know because my daughter is alive to tell her story.

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

being a part of a community that is passionate about eradicating cancer, educating America about cancer prevention, raising awareness and supporting those in our own community. It's an event to be shared with others who share your passion!

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

PASSIONATE!

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

save more lives!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a great way to fight back against cancer and remember the people it takes away from us. My grandpa died when I was only 2, but I still have memories of him, and always wished that I would have had more memories of my grandpa. Through Relay for Life, I have been able to relive those memories, and help fund research that could possibly prevent my loved ones to lose the fight against cancer as my grandpa did. Getting involved as a high school student has been life changing. I want to continue to fight back against this terrible disease. American Cancer Society makes that possible!

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

The life changing technology that ACS funded, and in the amount of cancer awareness

Ways to make it better...

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

make everything that ACS does a little more known. The only downfall I see is that there are still many people who do not understand what ACS does.

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

the sense of community and everyone coming together and whole-heartedly working for this great cause

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

all wonderful. Everyone is so passionate, and genuinely wants to make a difference.

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

do so much. Save lives, fund research, new technology, and treatments.

Ways to make it better...

nothing. I couldn't have asked for my experience to be any better.

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

abolishing cancer. Is are still a lot of steps to be taken to reach this goal.

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

ACS is an incredible organization that is changing lives, and there aren't a lot of ways to make it better than it already is.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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