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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FOUNDATION
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Chair Relay for Life, serve on Regional Council & local cancer board, Hero of Hope, visit with cancer survivor groups at hospitals & oncology offices, & meet with legislators to request priority funding for cancer issues.