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ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network
October 13, 2014

I've said it before and I'll happily say it again: in my sixteen years volunteering for ICAN (including about eight years serving as Chairman of the Board), I continue to see miracles happen ... lives being extended with the best possible quality of life. Because of the extremely worthy work done by all those on Team ICAN, I become recommitted - every day - to that team and to those patients who count on us. With day-to-day eyewitnessing of ICAN's small but mighty staff and its more than 1000-strong volunteer base working around the world and around the clock, I am convinced that ICAN is THE most patient-friendly and helpful cancer organization on the planet. With more funding dollars, we would be able to help that many more desperate patients, and if I were to win the lottery, I would put a little away to take care of my family and then donate the rest to ICAN.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find 'angel' donors whose financial support would allow this organization to help all those who come to our doors, without ever having to put any patient on a waitlist.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

MY ROLE:
Board Member

ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network
January 22, 2012

As Chairman of the Board of ICAN, I am the organization's lead volunteer and cheering squad for our very small staff and hundreds of volunteers around the world! In the thirteen plus years during which I have volunteered for ICAN, I have witnessed the amazing work done by this organization, along with the gratitude of countless patients and their families. I truly believe that of all the cancer organizations on the face of the planet, ICAN is the only one that actually “goes to bat” for patients and their families … extending lives and improving patient quality of life along the way. Every day, I am reminded by grateful patients that all volunteer efforts and donor support for ICAN could not go to a more worthy organization.

The Great!

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

hearing from grateful patients and their families, many of whom had not been helped by some of the more high profile cancer organizations.

Ways to make it better...

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

find some wealthy people who could give us the support we need to help even more patients around the U.S. and around the world.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

In 1998, my cousin's 29-yr-old daughter was dying of melanoma. At that time, I read an article in Phoenix Magazine about an anticancer drug developer (Dr. George Pettit), who went into the rainforests and the oceans around the world, looking for anticancer compounds, which he would then try to replicate in the lab. The article mentioned that if readers wanted more information, they should contact Marcia Horn at IFADD (International Foundation for Anticancer Drug Discovery, which was the organization's name until several years ago when we changed it to ICAN). At that time, I called Marcia who immediately did research for this cousin of mine and was able to provide the family with some critical information (that none of us could find elsewhere). I was so grateful to Marcia and inspired by the help and resources that she and the organization provided to us that I offered my help. And now, more than thirteen years later, I am more inspired than ever.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

For cancer patients, our most critical priority today is molecular profiling, which will give doctors the most complete information on exactly what might best fight that patient's particular cancer, bringing about THE most effective "personalized medicine" treatment for every cancer patient. For ICAN, our most critical priority is to have the funds that will allow us to act as an advocate for every patient who might benefit from our services.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Exactly the same priorities as short-term (above).

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Again, I have served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for ICAN for the last seven or so of the thirteen plus years I've volunteered for this organization.

ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network
December 27, 2010

Speaking as an ICAN (International Cancer Advocacy Network) insider, I can personally vouch for the fact that whatever donors and volunteers put in to this organization, be it donations and or time, they get back twice as much in satisfaction and gratification that their efforts are truly helping cancer patients fight for their lives. How do I know? I’ve been a very active ICAN (formerly IFADD) volunteer since 1998. At that time, Marcia Horn - ICAN's heroic leader - researched my cousin's cancer at my behest and was able to present some critical information (that we could not find elsewhere) to the family. I was so grateful to Marcia and inspired by the help and resources that she and the organization provided to my cousin that I offered my help. And now, more than twelve years of just about full time pro bono work for ICAN, I am more inspired than ever.

Of all the cancer organizations on the face of the planet, I believe that ICAN is the only one that is truly "in the trenches" with patients and their families … extending lives and improving patient quality of life along the way. It’s become sort of “legend” around ICAN circles that if I were to win the lottery tomorrow, I’d reserve a little for my family and then give the lion’s share to ICAN, as it could not go to a more worthy organization that literally works 24/7 to be a virtual lifeline for proactive cancer patients.
Sherry Weinstein, Chairman
ICAN Board of Trustees

The Great!

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

Having met - in person, on the phone, or via email - many grateful cancer patients (or their families) who say that ICAN is greatly responsible for the "extra years" they've gotten, or for enhancing their quality of life. That's all the proof I need to keep me motivated to continue my work with ICAN for the next twelve years!

Ways to make it better...

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

The only change I'd make is to try and find more "angel donors" so that ICAN would be able to provide its unique services to an ever-greater number of patients around the world.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I work in whatever capacity the organization needs, including: friendraising; fundraising; writing; working with graphic designers; and brainstorming with the ICAN team. .