The American Cancer Society helps bring local communities together in an effort to give people a way to "Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back" against cancer. At Relay For Life events across the country, ACS provides information to raise cancer awareness and funds for cancer research. Participants and visitors find a place they can get answers about all types of cancer, celebrate their survivorship or that of a friend or family member, remember a lost loved one in a safe environment, and even learn about ways to fight back against this terrible disease. For my own personal involvement, ACS and the Relay For Life in my community gave me a way to honor the memory of my dad who passed away from lymphomia when I was just 15 years old. This past year, it helped our community grieve the loss of a beloved teacher and friend. I have made life-long friends from my work with ACS and Relay For Life, and it gives me a safe outlet for the emotional rollercoaster that cancer can become. It is such an amazing organization, and I feel so very lucky and empowered to help the ACS fight the battle against cancer.
I have seen the American Cancer Society help SO many people in SO many ways. ACS provides programs to help people cope, get treatment, and feel better about themselves. ACS helps remind the public of the importance of cancer screenings. ACS funds researchers studying ways to END this disease. Furthermore, I have seen the healing powers of ACS and Relay For Life as vehicles for people to make a difference in this FIGHT. We can and WILL succeed and the American Cancer Society deserves our continued dedication and support!
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.
I have never been involved with an organization that affects so many people in so many ways. Thru Relay I have had the fortune to meet some truely amazing people who have been touched by cancer and know first hand how much the American Cancer SOciety does. The indivudals who are part of this orgaization form a family and have the biggests hearts Ive ever seen.
The American Cancer Society IS the place to turn when you are diagnosed with cancer. They have so many services available to not only the cancer patients but also their family and friends. They work hard to educate people with all the many tests to detect cancer early. They devote millions of dollars to research so that a CURE will be found. The American Cancer Society advocates with our legislators for more funding for cancer research. They are a full service organization there to help EVERYONE. I am a beneficiary of the American Cancer Society since they pioneered the pap smear that found my cancer early!! I owe them my life!!!!! And I will volunteer for life!!!!
The American Cancer Society IS the place to turn for answers, support and hope. The American Cancer Society's mission is to eliminate cancer. They fight cancer on all fronts...research, education, advocacy and patient services. For me, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world's largest and greatest support group for cancer survivors and caregivers! I am blessed to be a survivor and I attribute my quality of life to the programs and services of the American Cancer Society.
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!
8 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and the American Cancer Society was there for me. Ever since I've been there for them - to share my story of hope each and every day. Since purple is the ACS color for survivors, I keep my hair colored purple to be able to share life and encouragement with others. ACS helped me to see that I had cancer - cancer didn't have me! ACS and Relay For Life give me the opportunity to fight back at cancer and to make sure everyone knows of their website www.cancer.org, their 24/7 hotline 1.800.227.2345, and the many resources and outreaches that touch lives and give hope. My last 7 birthdays have been awesome - and ACS has helped give me many more!
What is the best gift you can get on your birthday? News that your daughter will be graduating from high school. What is the worst gift you can get on your birthday? News that you have breast cancer! Those were both gifts to me on my 46th birthday. I left my Doctor's office and immediately went across the street to the American Cancer Society office and asked for help. First came the brochures, then a visit by a Reach to Recovery volunteer, the wigs, airline coupons so I could return home on weekends while undergoing radiation treatment on another island, laughter and tears all through my challenge. Six years later when I was diagnosed with colon cancer, again I went to my friends at the ACS office and received the support I needed. In 5 years when skin cancer popped up, you know where I went - to ACS, of course. They have "had my back all the way" to quote a popular saying, and I appreciate it. ACS has given to me and I have had the opportunity to give back by being a RTR volunteer beginning in 1987, and then receiving the honor of being selected as a Hero of Hope for 2009. How tremendous!
The American Cancer Society provided the answer to my question, "What can I do? What can one middle-age cancer survivor do to STOP this disease?" The American Cancer Society gave me 14 birthdays I wouldn't have enjoyed otherwise; gave me a mission of my own in the Relay For Life of Texas County; gave me a voice in the Heroes of Hope: Profiles of Courage program and as a Celebration on the Hill Ambassador; gave me confidence because I see for myself how frugal the organization is with donations; and in short, gave me the chance to hand my son a future where cancer is not a scary word.