AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FOUNDATION
July 27, 2009
American Cancer Society is a national nonprofit organization that FIGHTS BACK against cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient services. Funding for this organization is raise through local communities events such as: Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC - 5K Walk/Run), Tropical Gala, and Cattle Barons' Ball. Each event is unique in that it offers a variety of ways to support ACS, depending on your preferance of venue. Whether its a night out, dressed up to enjoy auctions and entertainment, or a morning run/walk in your favorite workout clothes, or maybe even an over-night camping event to show your support through onsite fundraising...all are ways to support ACS's mission and helps fund the fight against cancer.
I am a local Community Representative and I oversee 4 Relay For Life events (Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs, Geneva/Chuluota, and East Orange). Everyday, I experience the effects of cancer. Sometimes its through stories volunteers tell me, other times its watching as a patient visits our gift room. Through these experiences I have learned that we have to fight back. In every story told or gift room vist, there's always a gift of hope that is present. That hope is what ACS offers to its community.
Its sad when I see a woman walking in with a scarf on her head because chemo has cause her to loose her hair, I can see the insecurity and embarrasment in her eyes as she has as she checks in to visit the room. ACS offer hope in providing wigs at no charge. It may not free her from cancer, but it does give her hope in self confidence and reassurance in being able to feel good. Cancer may cause many challenges to the physical body, but one challenge it should never cause is insecurity and embarassment. ACS has defeated cancers emotional challenge through its gifts and serivices.
I've heard stories of men traveling far away for treatment and fearing not being able to make bills because of the financial stress trying to juggle daily home and travel expenses. ACS offer programs to financially support families dealing with these issues. These are very real issues that happen everyday. ACS gives hope in lodging at no charge through our Hope Lodges to decrease the amount of time and travel for patients in treatment. Road to Recovery provides local rides to and from appointments to those who cannot drive themselves or have no means of transportation. Gas cards can also be given through this program for those who have transportation, but financially cannot afford the constant trips of hospital and doctors visits.
American Cancer Society gives hope and hope is while I pride myself as an employee and as a volunteer of this oraganization and its mission. Get involved with your local American Cancer Society...hope is the answer and for anyone hope can be given or received.
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