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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FOUNDATION
July 30, 2009

I was first touched by cancer in 1992 when I was 14 years old my grandfather passed away being so young at the time I had no idea how many people have cancer, have survived cancer, have lost someone with cancer or have been caregivers of loved ones with cancer. As I reached adulthood it became more clear to me and then in 2008 I lost my mother-in-law and my mother was diagnosed. My poor 5 year old was dealing with the total loss of one grandma and the illness of another and I became my mother's primary caregiver my daughter asked what she could do to help the "people who are sick" SO I went to ACS and I signed up to be a Relay For Life Team Captain and my (now 6 year old) daughter is my "unofficial" co-captain. We are helping one step at a time and the actual 24 hour Relay event is one of the few times I had honestly say I felt every emotion all at once it's unexplainable to be there walking on the track with the survivors, the families, the other Relay teams become instant friends and I truly feel it's one of the few ways you can involve children and let them know that they are never too small to help someone else. The ACS has been so wonderful to my mother and myself, they have been patient and answered all our questions, they helped us with resources we did not even know were available from support groups and wigs to financial help and transportation. I always know I can call and get the help I need so I am glad I can give back to ACS.

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

Helping my mother deal with her cancer the help that they have given us is Amazing. Relay for Life has changed my life in the most beautiful way.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to make sure the information was placed into the hands of a patient the moment they heard the diagnosis cancer

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

It really feels like I am making a difference and showing my daughter that she can be the kind of person who has fun while helping other people.

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

Everyone I have met who is involved with ACS and Relay for Life are wonderful kind people who are involved because they care, they want to help, they want to make having cancer as easy for the patient as possible

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

get more information and education out there for the public and help alot of people. Cancer is scary enough but at least with the help of ACS you have hope and resources.

Ways to make it better...

I had been given the information earlier

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

getting the information out there. The number of cancer patients seems to just keep getting bigger and without the money and the volunteers only so many can be helped.

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

becoming involved with the ACS and Relay for Life has helped me just as much as I have been able to help others. I was so glad they were there when I needed them and now I am so glad I can give back so that others can be helped.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Relay For Life Team Captain.