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Review for ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I fit many chairs as I am a retired physician who, in the course of volunteering for ICAN (International Cancer Advocacy Network), has also served on the Board and as Chairperson of its Medical Advisory Council.

Over the past 10 or so years I have developed great respect for the organization, especially its CEO, Marcia Horn. Her knowledge of the intricate, complicated aspects of cancer and dedication to assisting laste stage cancer patients acheiving the best hope of survival is unmatched. The one-on-one personal contact with cancer patients or family, and the review of their medical records and treatment is not dupicated anywhere that I know.

What ICAN needs is more money and more staffing so that it can expand serving more patients in great need of this vital service.

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

Cancer strikes everyone's family. My daughter developed Ovarian Cancer. Consultation with ICAN - Marcia Horn and Dr. Pettit (ICAN's scientific advisor) - directed my daughter to the best of medical care. My daughter is now 9 years post-diagnosis alive, well, and cancer free - a remarkable achievement with a disease that kills over 90% within 5 years. I was horror-stricken when my wife developed a rare cancer. It was ICAn that was able to expedite entry into medical care when I myself could not.

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

I would increase the staff to 100 people so that ICAN could serve the huge case load that is out there.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?


Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I cannot think of a thing.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I developed a tremendous knowledge of cancer, the treatments and difficulty that patients and family go through.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?


When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I have closely worked with the organization developing a computer program the will assist cancer patients access to clinical trials. This extensive and far-reaching progam has consumed 4 years of extensive time.