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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FOUNDATION
August 2, 2009

My Mom was diagnosed with a rare form of ear cancer in March, 1998, and I found the El Paso American Cancer Society office through the internet. I spoke over the phone to ACS personnel, Laura Alvarado and Veronica Guzman to get information on the type of cancer my Mom had, and resources available to us for a trip to Houston for my Mom's surgery. These two ladies were invaluable in connecting me with resources during our stay in Houston. We had not met, however we felt as if we had known each other forever. Before our trip to Houston, I was unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer, and was now calling Veronica and Laura regarding my treatment and resources available to me. Because of the kindness and compassion these two ladies exhibited to myself and my Mom, I quickly became a Relay for Life volunteer, and have been raising money to allow the ACS to help others for the past 10 years in order to help other families in my situation. Cancer has affected many of my family members, and by volunteering my time and efforts, I feel I am helping the ACS help others and I will never forget how they helped me.

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

Helping the community through Reach for Recovery and providing cancer patients with transportation to and from their treatments.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make Relay for Life more public and raise more awareness of this nationwide event.

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

Making a difference in the community and making new friendships.

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

Committe Chairs, Public Affairs, Community Managers

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

Help several cancer patients that cannot afford medical treatment, and concentrate on eradicating all cancers through research

Ways to make it better...

The Relay for Life was advertised more. Everyone is aware of the Race for the Cure, but there is not enough publicity about the Relay for Life!

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

Lack of funds.

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

I started donating to the American Cancer Society through the Combined Federal Campaign when my Father succombed to lung cancer in 1986, but I never thought I would be at the receiving end of my donations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Relay for Life Volunteer.