American Cancer Society
More than one million people in the United States get cancer each year. Whether you have cancer or are close to someone who does, understanding what to expect can help you cope. Learning how you can play a role in your community is also valuable. Help fight back, get involved and make a difference in the fight against cancer. There are many ways to support your American Cancer Society with tax-deductible donations, volunteer opportunities and life-changing events such as Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® and Relay For Life®.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a 5K walk and/or competitive run in some locations that unites participants in the fight against breast cancer. We celebrate progress made in breast cancer research, survivorship, and remember loved ones who have lost their battle with the disease. Join us in this exciting and memorable fundraising event to help finish the fight against breast cancer!
Road to Recovery – This American Cancer Society program has trained volunteers pick up cancer patients from their homes and transport them to their doctor’s appointment or treatment and back home. A patient that shows need (either does not have family available to drive them, cannot financially cover the gas or public transportation for a ride or is physically not able to drive (patients must be ambulatory to partake from this program)) or healthcare professional will call our 1-800-ACS-2345 phone # to ask for a ride from a Road to Recovery volunteer. There is a coordinator that will then email/call the local volunteers to see who is available to give the ride. A volunteer must attend a 1 hr. training, needs a valid driver’s license, current automobile insurance, the ability to pass a DMV and background check and a reliable vehicle. Volunteers donate their time and use of their vehicle while volunteering for Road to Recovery. Mileage accrued while volunteering is tax-deductible. When attending the training please bring with you to the training: your driver’s license, times of availability for volunteering and the declaration form from your insurance company (this form states your coverage amounts).
Reach to Recovery is a program where breast cancer survivors give peer support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. This program is non-medical so the volunteers do not give medical advice. Reach to Recovery Volunteers give support through talking with patients on the phone and occasionally meeting one-on-one. The qualifications to become a Reach to Recovery volunteer are:
· Breast Cancer Survivor at least one year out from either chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
· Attend a one-time four hour Reach to Recovery Volunteer training
· Obtain a recommendation letter from your doctor
· Sign confidentiality agreement