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American Cancer Society Foundation

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Causes: Cancer, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FOUNDATION IS ESTABLISHED AS AN ENTITY OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, INC. ITS MISSION IS TO ACCELERATE THE CONTROL AND CURE OF CANCER BY SECURING MAJOR GIFTS AND ENDOWMENTS FROM INDIVIDUALS, CORPORATIONS AND FOUNDATIONS TO SUPPORT RESEARCH, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, INC. AND ITS CHARTERED DIVISIONS.

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Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the American Cancer Society for the last four years through Relay for Life. I have been so impressed with the services offered to cancer patients and their families through this organization. They help to make this terrrible disease a little easier to live with and are there to support the family if the cancer patient does not survive. Relay for Life is only a small part of the American Cancer Society but makes a huge impact on people. The Cancer Society provides many services to cancer patients along with a 24 hour hot line to help with any questions they might have. Also provides programs for prevention of cancer. My family supports The American Society to the fullest.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with ACS for over 5 years. They are one of the most caring organizations I have ever been involved with. Their spirit of giving and helping others and the community is unparalled. Every single staff member I have had the pleasure to work with has displayed such a passion for the fight against cancer. They are a true inspiration to me and it is why I have become more involved in the fight against cancer, and will remain passionate to find a cure in my lifetime.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 11 year volunteer with the American Cancer Society and have been a relayer for 10 years. This has been a wonderful experience for me and has helped fulfill my need to help other people. This organization has so much to offer volunteers, cancer survivors and their families, education for businesses and their employees. I have volunteered in many of the different projects that this organization has to offer. I leave with such a great feeling knowing that what I have shared with others will make their life a little better and hopefully longer. I have never volunteered for any organization that I have enjoyed as much as American Cancer Society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ACS is staff led and volunteer fueled. The training, motivation, drive for results, and passion for the cause is second to none from the top staffers to the lowest volunteer. My involvement with Relay For Life has become my life's passion. I believe we will find a cure for cancer in my lifetime. The ACS will be the decisive leader as we accomplish this goal!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered with the ACS for 3 years via Relay for Life. I have also had experience with ACS as a caregiver of a loved one who passed away from cancer. To see the things that ACS does to commemorate those who have survived, remember those who have passed, and to give support to those who are fighting cancer never fails to move me to tears. Absolutely beautiful, and the success of Relay for Life is proof. On the downside, you have to remember that a non-profit is still a business. While I may not agree 100% with actions taken by our local ACS branch, they do have to operate lean and mean just like every other business. Sometimes it's difficult to separate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Cancer Society gave me hope when I needed it most. I am a cancer survivor. The programs the ACS offers has helped many of my neighbors. One neighbor is a driver for the road to recovery program, it provides rides to treatments for cancer patients that have no way to get there. The ACS helped my good friend deal with her loss of her mother, she is giving back by leading up her local Look Good Feel Better progrom for breast cancer patients. If you've ever had a mammogram or a PSA test done-you can thank the ACS for funding that research. I have only great things to say about this non profit organization. I'm very proud to be part of such a dyanmic and caring group of staff and volunteers. Keep up the great work...and lets hope one day we put ACS out of business by finding a cure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cancer touches us all. It seems to be the great equalizer. It is not prejudice. It matters not what is in your bank account, if you go to church,if you are ten or eighty. Twenty years ago our nephew lost his long hard battle. He was 12. Today, because of research, the survival rate of his cancer is 80%. The lives, the families, the communities will not be suffering from the loss. I envy them and I applaud the dedicated people who walk, who contribute, and who work on new ways to help prevent cancer, in all of it's henious forms.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been both a volunteer for the Amerinca Cancer Society and have used the services of the ACS when I was diagnosed with cancer. As a volunteer, I found that the American Cancer Society offers opportunities to match and utilize your interests and abilities in the Fight Against Cancer. The possibilities to participate are almost unlimited. The Americna Cance Society is also a good steward fo the funds received, with the large majority of the funds raised going to programs to benefit cancer patients and to prevent cancer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This will be my third year as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. It is a fun organization to be part of, let alone rewarding! I currently am the co-chair of my local Relay for Life, a fundraising event in the spring. The kick-off for the event is a lap by the area's cancer suvivors - emotional!! I highly recommend getting involved: www.relayforlife.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Cancer Society has helped my family in so many ways. It has also given us an opportunity to help fight cancer as volunteers and. The medicines developed by the research of this amazing organization have saved my uncle's life. Their different programs for cancer patients and their families have helped millions. I have participated in their Relay for Life event for four years. I love this event because it gives me a way to celebrate the survivors in my family, remember the ones I've lost to cancer and fight back against the disease. The American Cancer Society has given me the chance to take part in something that gives hope to millions and saves lives and I truly can't thank them enough for all they have done.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for 8 years. It is great to be part of such an amazing organization that values lives and is working for a better tomorrow.

6 DeeJo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved with the Relay For Life for 6 years before my 13 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. While she was in treatment I kept a website to keep people informed. Here is an entry from 2004: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 9:30 AM CDT Sat. Sept. 25: Nausea's ugly brother, mouth sores, appeared in the middle of the night. She was in crying, screaming pain. It was awful. Thank the Lord for continuous drip pain medication. It almost helps relieve the pain. It won't help with the open sores. Mostly the pain med and the anitmedics help her sleep and then she's not crying in pain. She can't talk, open her mouth more than a slit or even swallow her own spit. It hurts her to cry. I hate the mouth sores more than the nausea. Let me explain the mouth sore thing. The chemo drugs kill the fast growing cancer cells, but since they can't distinguish between the bad (cancer) and good fast growing cells they kill them all. That's why their hair falls out too. The cells inside your mouth, throat, and gut area are all fast growing. Three of her chemo drugs cause mouth sores plus in the doses she's getting it was pretty much a sure thing. There isn't much they can do. She swabs her mouth with a gel to try to prevent the sores from getting infected and swishes a mouthwash with Benadryl and Lidocane. She hates it and it hurts, but she's a good patient and she does what she's supposed to do. She just keeps on enduring. I'm going to hop up on my soapbox: Having helped with the Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society I thought the research had come a long way (and it has) and bragged about how much better treatments are today (and they are). But, I am now the mother of a 13 year old cancer patient and I've changed my goal: Cancer just needs to be eliminated! There is never a good age to get cancer and as I found out (I thought I already knew, but I didn't really) cancer can happen to anyone at any age. We need to keep funding the research until they can determine who has cells that are going to mutate into cancer and provide a way to prevent it. I am so grateful they know how to cure Hannah's cancer, but the process is beyond what I ever imagined. I am now 100% behind the ACS goal to eradicate cancer. Just wait until the Relay For Life comes around again. You'll be hearing from me. Okay, I'm off my soapbox. Thanks for listening. She endured 7 more months of chemo only to have her cancer return 2 months later. There was no proven treatment available and she had a less than 20% chance of survival so she was enrolled in a clinical trial for the drug Rituxan. This is one of the drugs that helped save her life! It kept her cancer at bay during an infection when she couldn't receive traditional chemo. This drug was funded by the Relay For Life! Relay For Life really does save live! I know because my daughter is alive to tell her story.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a great way to fight back against cancer and remember the people it takes away from us. My grandpa died when I was only 2, but I still have memories of him, and always wished that I would have had more memories of my grandpa. Through Relay for Life, I have been able to relive those memories, and help fund research that could possibly prevent my loved ones to lose the fight against cancer as my grandpa did. Getting involved as a high school student has been life changing. I want to continue to fight back against this terrible disease. American Cancer Society makes that possible!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a mom, who lost her eldest son Douglas, at age 17 to Ewing's Sarcoma, I needed a place to work through my grief. I found it with the American Cancer Society (ACS). My first ACS experience was as a volunteer leader with the Relay For Life in my community. This opportunity led to volunteer leadership at the New England level, an opportunity to exercise my teacher training skills when I joined the National Training Team. As a member of this team, I have traveled to Dublin, Ireland and many places in the U.S. to share information on how to make Relay For Life more successful and how we ALL can make a difference in the Fight against cancer. I'm also a member of the Connecticut Advocacy team, traveling to meet with legislators in Washington, D.C. and my state capitol in Hartford, CT. I am now a mentor to local Relays. I focus on being sure that people know that through their participation with the Relay For Life, that they are a valued member of the American Cancer Society -- and that they are helping people they may never meet to get well, stay well, find cures and fight back!!! There aren't many organizations that you can be a part of that have this level of impact!! I Relay for Douglas and the many others I have met in my journey in fighting back against Cancer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an American Cancer Society Volunteer for 13 years. It is an organization that truly values its volunteers. ACS gives us the information and skills that we need to fight this deadly disease. They honor us and support us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I saw all of those survivors on the track I wept. What an awe inspiring time I had that night as I walked around the track for the first time as a survivor. Each year the sea of purple grows and grows because of the research and programs that this great organization provides!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cancer affects everybody. The American Cancer Society not only communicates this message in their education and advocacy efforts, but also illustrates this message through their diversity of volunteers and their diversity of volunteer positions. I have worked with high school students, business professionals, and retirees that have all come together in solidarity to fight against cancer and are equally as passionate about the cause. There is a range of ways to get involved in terms of time commitment and variation of activities such as setting up for events, writing thank you cards, driving cancer patients to treatments, or training new volunteers about the American Cancer Society's mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great time for a great cause. When else could we camp out overnight in beautiful downtown Plymouth? Ir really was a fun time as well as constructive.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Cancer Society helps in so many ways. Of course the research end is so important, but ACS goes way beyond that. It provides a 24-hour helpline, where anyone can call with any question or concern. I am involved in the Relay for Life. Our mission is to bring awareness to the community. On a personal note, I believe that the 20 years between my father's lung cancer diagnosis and my mother's lung cancer diagnosis made all the difference. In those 20 years so much progress was made that my mother is a 9-year survivor. In fact, she has survived breast and lung cancer. My review is an attempt to assure that the American Cancer Society gets the recognition it deserves for all that it does.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel the American Cancer Society should receive all awards possilby given for being the philanthropists of fighting cancer, cancer research and all things related to end this horrible disease.