My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network, Phoenix, AZ, USA
My first contact with the International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN) occurred in late December, 2011 in conjunction with a diagnosis of Stage 1 Breast Cancer. I needed information to make informed decisions about treatment options. Speaking with ICAN's resident angel, President and CEO Marcia Horn, I encountered someone who was professional, knowledgeable, dedicated, and compassionate. By the end of our phone call, I had a plan of action and hope for the future. I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas gift!
I am a Communications, Marketing, and Design professional who is very selective about the organizations with whom I volunteer because it is important to me to live my values in all aspects of my life. No one at ICAN asked me to volunteer. I offered my skills and time about a week after my initial contact with the organization because a follow-up call with Marcia made it exceeding clear that ICAN is a patient advocacy organization steeped in integrity and totally focused on helping each individual patient win his or her personal battle with cancer. The organization places a premium on providing each patient with the most up-to-date and accurate treatment and resource information for his or her particular cancer. They are sensitive to each patient's situation while also being supportive and encouraging.
So what's it like to be an ICAN volunteer? After two months and literally tons of hours, I can honestly state that being an ICAN volunteer is a totally positive experience! The organization has high standards and expectations as it strives for excellence in every aspect of its operations. Praise and encouragement are abundant. The staff, leadership, and even other volunteers go out of their way to let you know that you and your work are valued. Moreover, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your contributions are making a difference, not just in your particular area of service, but to the well-being and effectiveness of the entire organization and, by extension, to cancer patients residing all over the globe. Awesome responsibility and equally awesome personal rewards
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