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July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

As a mom, who lost her eldest son Douglas, at age 17 to Ewing's Sarcoma, I needed a place to work through my grief. I found it with the American Cancer Society (ACS). My first ACS experience was as a volunteer leader with the Relay For Life in my community. This opportunity led to volunteer leadership at the New England level, an opportunity to exercise my teacher training skills when I joined the National Training Team. As a member of this team, I have traveled to Dublin, Ireland and many places in the U.S. to share information on how to make Relay For Life more successful and how we ALL can make a difference in the Fight against cancer. I'm also a member of the Connecticut Advocacy team, traveling to meet with legislators in Washington, D.C. and my state capitol in Hartford, CT. I am now a mentor to local Relays. I focus on being sure that people know that through their participation with the Relay For Life, that they are a valued member of the American Cancer Society -- and that they are helping people they may never meet to get well, stay well, find cures and fight back!!! There aren't many organizations that you can be a part of that have this level of impact!! I Relay for Douglas and the many others I have met in my journey in fighting back against Cancer.

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

raising awareness about the programs and services, the mission and advocacy of the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Action Network -- in letting our legislators know that we care about cancer and we will be heard!

Ways to make it better...

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

not have waited so long to get out an ad campaign like "Official Sponsor of Birthdays" -- as too many people do NOT know what the American Cancer Society does, or what Relay For Life is.

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

That through my efforts that I am making a difference in the lives of many. I share the 1-800-ACS-2345 number of the National Cancer Information Center and of the Hope Lodges, so that donors know that their donations make an impact!

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

most often those who have great passion towards the mission of the ACS and are great partners to work with.

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

assure sure that more research was funded, that more information on quality of care, info. about the 1-800-ACS-2345 number was shared and that more advertising about what Relay For Life IS and ISN'T was made available (e.g. no athletic ability needed).

Ways to make it better...

I had more personal time to give to the American Cancer Society.

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

the continuous turnover of the ID Staff - the ones who are the primary face of the ACS to the community Relays. The turn-over, results in need for continuous training at the beginning levels and impacts the ability to grow Relays to the next level.

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

The nos. regarding the number of us who will be directly impacted by cancer in our lifetime is daunting (1 in 3)! We need to care enough to make a difference, we need to know that our valuable discretionary income is spent wisely -- and it is w/the ACS!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 23, 2009

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July 23, 2009

I have been an American Cancer Society Volunteer for 13 years. It is an organization that truly values its volunteers. ACS gives us the information and skills that we need to fight this deadly disease. They honor us and support us.

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

keeping governmental cancer research dollars.

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

the opportunity to interact with other cancer survivors.

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

organized and dedicated to the cause.

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

increase the awareness of opportunities for cancer prevention and fund more research

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 23, 2009

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July 23, 2009

The first time I saw all of those survivors on the track I wept. What an awe inspiring time I had that night as I walked around the track for the first time as a survivor. Each year the sea of purple grows and grows because of the research and programs that this great organization provides!!!

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

the research that is being funded for cancer.

Ways to make it better...

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

make cancer a national priority.

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

The uniting of those fighting or helping fight cancer.

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

WONDERFUL!!!!!

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

help more people diagnosed with cancer.

Ways to make it better...

we had EVEN MORE people involved.

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

the economy

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 23, 2009

Cancer affects everybody. The American Cancer Society not only communicates this message in their education and advocacy efforts, but also illustrates this message through their diversity of volunteers and their diversity of volunteer positions. I have worked with high school students, business professionals, and retirees that have all come together in solidarity to fight against cancer and are equally as passionate about the cause. There is a range of ways to get involved in terms of time commitment and variation of activities such as setting up for events, writing thank you cards, driving cancer patients to treatments, or training new volunteers about the American Cancer Society's mission.

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

meeting survivors that have directly benefited from ACS's efforts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 23, 2009

Great time for a great cause. When else could we camp out overnight in beautiful downtown Plymouth? Ir really was a fun time as well as constructive.

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

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

inspirational.

Ways to make it better...

I had gotten even more neighbors involved.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 23, 2009

The American Cancer Society helps in so many ways. Of course the research end is so important, but ACS goes way beyond that. It provides a 24-hour helpline, where anyone can call with any question or concern. I am involved in the Relay for Life. Our mission is to bring awareness to the community. On a personal note, I believe that the 20 years between my father's lung cancer diagnosis and my mother's lung cancer diagnosis made all the difference. In those 20 years so much progress was made that my mother is a 9-year survivor. In fact, she has survived breast and lung cancer. My review is an attempt to assure that the American Cancer Society gets the recognition it deserves for all that it does.

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

the available resources to the community.

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

the sense of pride I've gained.

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

very enthusiastic.

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

save more lives, help more people with general needs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 23, 2009

I feel the American Cancer Society should receive all awards possilby given for being the philanthropists of fighting cancer, cancer research and all things related to end this horrible disease.

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

my community. The children are more aware of what smoking does to their health.

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

change nothing. They truly do this for the right reasons, cancer research.

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

The friendship I have now because of meeting so many great volunteers.

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

dedicated, hard working and great friends.

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

probably find a cure for this deadly disease.

Ways to make it better...

Michigan was always a smoke-free state. Legislators need to get off their butts and fix this problem.

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

legislators digging thier feet in the sand and not passing bills in a timely fashion.

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

this is the only non-profit cancer fighting organization that I support because they are dedicated to the cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 23, 2009

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July 23, 2009

The American Cancer Society helps bring local communities together in an effort to give people a way to "Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back" against cancer. At Relay For Life events across the country, ACS provides information to raise cancer awareness and funds for cancer research. Participants and visitors find a place they can get answers about all types of cancer, celebrate their survivorship or that of a friend or family member, remember a lost loved one in a safe environment, and even learn about ways to fight back against this terrible disease. For my own personal involvement, ACS and the Relay For Life in my community gave me a way to honor the memory of my dad who passed away from lymphomia when I was just 15 years old. This past year, it helped our community grieve the loss of a beloved teacher and friend. I have made life-long friends from my work with ACS and Relay For Life, and it gives me a safe outlet for the emotional rollercoaster that cancer can become. It is such an amazing organization, and I feel so very lucky and empowered to help the ACS fight the battle against cancer.

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

the way it helps cancer patients by providing rides to treatments or a place to stay for entire families during treatments far away from home at Hope Lodge.

Ways to make it better...

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

keep funding research so that we can find a cure to cancer or dramatically reduce the number of deaths due to cancer in our country.

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

seeing the number of survivors grow each year. We may not have a cure for cancer yet, but we have better treatments and more options thanks to the work of thousands of volunteers at the ACS like me.

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

PASSIONATE!

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

build more Hope Lodges for families that need treatment far away from home. See Hope Lodge in Michigan really moved me, and I'd love to see more options for families like that all across the country.

Ways to make it better...

we could finally say that all of our research efforts have found a cure for cancer!

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

the economy and getting people to donate money during tight economic times.

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

every organization has its ups and downs, but ACS is able to help people find hope, celebrate survivors, remember lost ones, and fight back. Above all the money raised, it is pretty amazing to help people in my community in that way!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 23, 2009

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July 23, 2009

I have seen the American Cancer Society help SO many people in SO many ways. ACS provides programs to help people cope, get treatment, and feel better about themselves. ACS helps remind the public of the importance of cancer screenings. ACS funds researchers studying ways to END this disease. Furthermore, I have seen the healing powers of ACS and Relay For Life as vehicles for people to make a difference in this FIGHT. We can and WILL succeed and the American Cancer Society deserves our continued dedication and support!

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

raised awareness and funds for the FIGHT against Cancer.

Ways to make it better...

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

attempt to iimprove the longevity of staff members.

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

working with other community volunteers taking up the FIGHT against Cancer.

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

dynamic and passionate individuals.

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

CURE Cancer!

Ways to make it better...

I had more hours in the day to dedicated to such a worthy organization.

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

fundraising in this economy.

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

people need the American Cancer Society now more than ever!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 23, 2009

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July 23, 2009

18 years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer I did not know about the American Cancer Society. As a cancer survivor I became familiar with the Society, first through Relay For Life and then a quality of life program, Road To Recovery. Becoming a volunteer with the American Cancer Society has really completed me. It has helped me to give back, but more than that, I have experienced so much through my cancer experience. The American Cancer Society assists everyone who has cancer, not just certain cancer types, ethnic backgrounds or genders. Anyone who is diagnosed with any cancer can receive life saving information from the Society. Quality of Life programs are available in every community. And in every community someone is celebrating another birthday because of life-saving research funded by ACS. Through the advocacy efforts of the American Cancer Society and their sister organization, ACS CAN, we are receiving life-saving early detection programs and assuring that our lawmakers are making cancer a top-national priority. American Cancer Society is a non-profit organization that really is in the business to save lives, help people celebrate more birthdays and allows caregivers to remember the lives lost to this horrible disease.

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

when I transport for cancer treatment through the Road to Recovery program. Every day someone's life is made easier through the efforts of the American Cancer Society.

Ways to make it better...

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

keep up the great efforts and dedication of the people who already run this non-profit.

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

it gives me something back. It completes me.

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

are passionate. They are dedicated to living the American Cancer Society's mission.

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

help more people celebrate more birthdays. Funding research, educating on early detection and screening tests, advocate to make cancer a top-national priority and offer more life-enabling services.

Ways to make it better...

I did not have to work for a living and could volunteer more for the American Cancer Society.

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

the economy and the foot-dragging of our law-makers.

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

the people that I have met through the American Cancer Society, employees and volunteers are passionate. Not just for a few hours a year, but 365 days a year.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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