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In celebration of the 36th annual National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, the American Cancer Society recognizes and celebrates the efforts of its more than three million volunteers nationwide who are making a difference for people facing cancer every day. In Henry County, many 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,” Amanda Trice said. “Volunteers have been crucially important in enabling the American Cancer Society to help save lives while fulfilling their own. As we recognize this special week, I want to thank each of our volunteers in Henry County for dedicating their time and energy to our cancer-fighting mission. Volunteers impact the community in ways that could not be done without their personal commitment.”
Many volunteers in Henry County 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. In Henry County, volunteers are helping save lives through the following efforts:
Relay For Life – More than 3.5 million people (including 500,000 cancer survivors) participate in the world’s largest movement to end cancer to benefit the American Cancer Society. Volunteer teams take turns walking laps during this overnight community event to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much.
Legislative advocacy – The Society’s advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, has a grassroots volunteer network of hundreds of thousands of volunteers who successfully work to 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 www.cancer.org/volunteer.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit www.cancer.org.