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                            Facing Cancer Together

Cancer affects our family, friends, and ourselves, as 1 in 3 people will hear the terrifying words, "you have cancer", in their lifetime. 

This is a harsh reality my family knows well. Twelve of my family members have heard those words; and only two of the twelve diagnosed, are alive today. Both of my parents are surviving, though not cancer-free.
Since my dad's prostate cancer diagnosis in 2000, I have been a caregiver, state and national cancer advocate, and volunteer. My work as a cancer volunteer and advocate began as a way for me to cope and feel of use after my dad received his diagnosis.  I needed to feel like I was doing something to help; as a cancer diagnosis oftentimes leaves family members feeling afraid, helpless, angry, and ineffective.

I am proud to serve in many roles within the American Cancer Society(ACS), and am thankful for the research, education, services, and advocacy work, the American Cancer Society provides to cancer patients and their families - especially, mine!  
We still have much work to do, and we will do it together!


*In 2016, it was estimated there were 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed and 595,690 cancer deaths in the US. 
*Statistics provided by American Cancer Society Facts & Figures 2016

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
With more than three million volunteers nationwide and nearly a century of experience, the American Cancer Society is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the world.  
Click on the ACS logo for more information

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