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MeLissa Olson

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Review for AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FOUNDATION, Atlanta, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Role:  Volunteer & I help people celebrate more birthdays.