2011-04-14 / General Stories

American Cancer Society Celebrates Volunteers

National Volunteer Week is April 10 to April 16

In celebration of the 38th annual National Volunteer Week (April 10 to April 16), the American Cancer Society recognizes and celebrates the efforts of its more than three million volunteers nationwide who have helped make a difference for people facing cancer since 1913. In Central Texas, more than 19,000 volunteers give their time and talent to fight back against the disease.

The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network sponsor the annual National Volunteer Week, which began in 1974 with an executive order by President Richard Nixon.

“Volunteers are the foundation of the American Cancer Society,” said Justine Hall. “Volunteers have been crucially important in enabling the American Cancer Society to help people facing cancer since we were founded in 1913. As we celebrate this week, I want to thank each of our volunteers in Central Texas for dedicating their time and energy to our cancer-fighting mission. We are so grateful for the Society volunteers of yesterday, today and tomorrow, as they are helping save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays for future generations to come.”

Many volunteers in Central Texas contribute to helping people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back against cancer through a variety of roles, efforts and American Cancer Society programs, including:

*Relay For Life® *– More than three million Americans ( including 500,000 cancer survivors) participate nationally in the Society’s signature overnight community event. Volunteer teams celebrate the lives of those touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

*Patient programs and services – *Dedicated Society volunteers provide direct assistance and service to help people stay well and get well in a variety of ways, (i.e. driving patients to and from treatment, helping women with the treatment related-side effects by teaching them skills to help their appearance (Look Good…Feel Better*®*), providing one-on-one support as survivors to newly diagnosed patients (Reach To Recovery*®*), etc.

*Legislative advocacy *– The Society’s advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM, has a grassroots volunteer network of hundreds of thousands of volunteers who successfully work to fight back against cancer and send strong messages to lawmakers about issues that matter to people touched by cancer.

The American Cancer Society listens, shares, heals, and nurtures a spirit of hope and a culture of caring through voluntarism. To learn more about how you can save lives while fulfilling your own through volunteering, visit our Web site, www.cancer.org/ volunteer.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest nongovernmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1- 800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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