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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

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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

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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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July 23, 2009

I have never been involved with an organization that affects so many people in so many ways. Thru Relay I have had the fortune to meet some truely amazing people who have been touched by cancer and know first hand how much the American Cancer SOciety does. The indivudals who are part of this orgaization form a family and have the biggests hearts Ive ever seen.

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

the eyes and words of indiviuals who come year after year to promote and thank the work of ACS.

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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...

Meeting the people who survive because of what ACS is doing.

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

nothing short of amazing. The ACS staff works for little pay, no recognition, just the feeling you get by knowing you change lives. The volunteers give it thier all. Both staff and volunteers beleive in the mission.

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

Do wonderous things. Give more rides to appointments, maybe even end cancer - because they will someday.

Ways to make it better...

I would have raised more money. I never feel like I do enough to help this fight.

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

Economic times. Fundraising is tough. Even though I have never encountered anyone who did not beleive this is a worthy orgainization.

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

I have volunteered for many things in my life. Never have I felt compelled to be apart of something. I beleive ACS is doing work that everyone one of us can say we have benefited from.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 23, 2009

The American Cancer Society IS the place to turn when you are diagnosed with cancer. They have so many services available to not only the cancer patients but also their family and friends. They work hard to educate people with all the many tests to detect cancer early. They devote millions of dollars to research so that a CURE will be found. The American Cancer Society advocates with our legislators for more funding for cancer research. They are a full service organization there to help EVERYONE. I am a beneficiary of the American Cancer Society since they pioneered the pap smear that found my cancer early!! I owe them my life!!!!! And I will volunteer for life!!!!

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

the many many people that I know that have benefited from The American Cancer Society.

Ways to make it better...

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

fight to find a CURE!!!!

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

that they are there for people with ALL kinds of cancer. They have an 800 number that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They are always available.

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

dedicated and passionate about raising money to help the American Cancer Society fund it's mission. I have never met an American Cancer Society staff or volunteer that I did not like instantly!!!!!

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

fund more research to find a CURE, educate more people about early detection, advocate for more funding from our government and provide more services to cancer patients.

Ways to make it better...

I had not lost so many wonderful family members and friends to this horrible disease.

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

raising money during these hard economic times. But, the volunteers and staff are so committed that they are working harder and harder to make sure that the money is raised.

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

the American Cancer Society and their fundraiser - Relay For Life is THE most amazing experience. If you have never been to a Relay For Life, please find one and attend. You will not regret it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 23, 2009

The American Cancer Society IS the place to turn for answers, support and hope. The American Cancer Society's mission is to eliminate cancer. They fight cancer on all fronts...research, education, advocacy and patient services. For me, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world's largest and greatest support group for cancer survivors and caregivers! I am blessed to be a survivor and I attribute my quality of life to the programs and services of the American Cancer Society.

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

increased number of survivors. Better education and prescreening have saved lives. Smokefree communities are increasing in numbers! Yeah!

Ways to make it better...

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

continue the fight to find a cure in every way possible.

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

It is an extended family because the organization is volunteer driven. Those that volunteer has a connection to cancer.

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

Staff and volunteers are some of the most passionate, hard-working, caring individuals that I have had the privilege to be associated with.

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

It would increase programs and services to ultimately eliminated cancer. It would be able to fund more research grants, provide more services to patients, educate the general public on ways to prevent and detect cancer early on, when it is most treatable

Ways to make it better...

if I had never lost family and friends to the horrible disease they are fighting...cancer.

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

the urgency of finding a cure for cancer.

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

the American Cancer Society is a large non-profit with a hometown feel.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 23, 2009

I am one of 5 kids--and we have all had breast tumors--even my 2 brothers. And as if that is not enough, between my family and my husband's family, we have had 26 cancer diagnoses. My mom is currently battling her 4th cancer battle--not metastases--all primary tumors of a different cancer type. SO....I have had many opportunities to utilize all the resources available from The American Cancer Society. From written information in our doctors' offices and hospital, to the incredible website (www.cancer.org), and the toll-free number (800-ACS-2345) where you can (and I did) call 24 hours a day and talk to a REAL LIVE PERSON (even in the middle of the night when you can't sleep because of all your unanswered questions)...The American Cancer Society has been a God-send to me and my family. We have gone to the American Cancer Society and received free wigs. One family member needing help with getting to her daily radiation for 6 weeks was able to call the American Cancer Society (Patient Services) and get gas cards to help with the cost of her daily 100 mile drive. In turn, we have joined together and formed a team to fundraise for the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life, and have been able to raise thousands of dollars to help in research, education, advocacy and services. I have also had the opportunity to share my survivor story before thousands of people as a Hero of Hope. The American Cancer Society allows me a vehicle to tell how early detection saved my life, and to encourage others to go ahead and have their mammograms, colonoscopies and PSA testing. Through the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, volunteers like myself raise money with very minimal overhead, and raise awareness of this dreaded disease. And we have fun doing it!! THANK YOU, American Cancer Society, for all you have done for me and my family!

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

the faces of cancer survivors encouraged by the incredible stories of other survivors. Also in seeing a woman, bald from chemo, accept a free wig of her choice at the American Cancer Society office.

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

meeting other survivors who want to and do help make a difference in the lives of others.

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

provide additional research, education, advocacy and services in the fight against cancer. And I have no doubt that EVERY PENNY of that 10 million bucks would be used wisely and not wasted.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 23, 2009

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July 23, 2009

8 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and the American Cancer Society was there for me. Ever since I've been there for them - to share my story of hope each and every day. Since purple is the ACS color for survivors, I keep my hair colored purple to be able to share life and encouragement with others. ACS helped me to see that I had cancer - cancer didn't have me! ACS and Relay For Life give me the opportunity to fight back at cancer and to make sure everyone knows of their website www.cancer.org, their 24/7 hotline 1.800.227.2345, and the many resources and outreaches that touch lives and give hope. My last 7 birthdays have been awesome - and ACS has helped give me many more!

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

the look of hope on someone's face when I share with them the 24/7 hotline and website number.

Ways to make it better...

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

add more information on alternative treatments

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

the training I've received to share the story of hope.

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

always willing to give me information to help myself and others and enthusiastic in their commitment to their jobs.

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

further fund the cure.

Ways to make it better...

I had never had cancer.

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

the trials of helping folks who don't have any or inadequate insurance.

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

I have been so very blessed by everyone I've met throught ACS and Relay for Life. I am blessed because of what I have to give to others because of ACS.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 23, 2009

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July 23, 2009

What is the best gift you can get on your birthday? News that your daughter will be graduating from high school. What is the worst gift you can get on your birthday? News that you have breast cancer! Those were both gifts to me on my 46th birthday. I left my Doctor's office and immediately went across the street to the American Cancer Society office and asked for help. First came the brochures, then a visit by a Reach to Recovery volunteer, the wigs, airline coupons so I could return home on weekends while undergoing radiation treatment on another island, laughter and tears all through my challenge. Six years later when I was diagnosed with colon cancer, again I went to my friends at the ACS office and received the support I needed. In 5 years when skin cancer popped up, you know where I went - to ACS, of course. They have "had my back all the way" to quote a popular saying, and I appreciate it. ACS has given to me and I have had the opportunity to give back by being a RTR volunteer beginning in 1987, and then receiving the honor of being selected as a Hero of Hope for 2009. How tremendous!

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

how it offers help and hope to breast cancer patients.

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

it always supportive, with both materials (bras, etc) and moral support.

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

absolutely wonderful in all aspects of care.

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

up the fight against all cancers bringing about a cure sooner.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 22, 2009

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July 22, 2009

The American Cancer Society provided the answer to my question, "What can I do? What can one middle-age cancer survivor do to STOP this disease?" The American Cancer Society gave me 14 birthdays I wouldn't have enjoyed otherwise; gave me a mission of my own in the Relay For Life of Texas County; gave me a voice in the Heroes of Hope: Profiles of Courage program and as a Celebration on the Hill Ambassador; gave me confidence because I see for myself how frugal the organization is with donations; and in short, gave me the chance to hand my son a future where cancer is not a scary word.

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

the most generous, hard-working individuals I have known and I have always said (as a cancer survivor myself) that "Survivors are the nicest people." Everyone the ACS brings me into contact with are dedicated to improving lives and saving lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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