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Give Back, Celebrate Service on September 11th

Article date: September 8, 2009

In April 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which expanded volunteer opportunities for Americans and established September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day, Americans are encouraged to volunteer in their communities as a way to commemorate the fallen heroes of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

In honor of this day of service, the American Cancer Society invites volunteers to join us to save lives from cancer and create a world with more birthdays by helping people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back. The Society is hard at work in communities all across the country providing programs aimed at reducing the risk of cancer, detecting cancer as early as possible, ensuring proper treatment, and empowering people facing cancer to cope and maintain the highest possible quality of life.

"On the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, we can take an anniversary of an unimaginable tragedy and mark it as an occasion to come together and make this world a better place," says John R. Seffrin, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. "By choosing to volunteer with the American Cancer Society, you can truly make a difference in the lives of people with cancer and their loved ones -- you can help save lives while fulfilling your own and help create a world with more birthdays. Please join us so together, we can create a world where this disease can no longer steal another year of anyone's life."

Get involved

 There are many ways to get involved through the American Cancer Society. Here are just a few examples:

  • Advocate for laws and policies that will help people fight cancer by joining the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the non-profit, non-partisan sister advocacy organization of the American Cancer Society.


  • Offer direct assistance to local patients and their families by volunteering through the American Cancer Society's  program. Reach to Recovery volunteers give support to people facing breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.


  • Volunteer at an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, which offers cancer patients and a family member a free, temporary place to stay while getting the cancer care they can't get at home.


  • Drive a cancer patient to and from treatment through the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program.


  • Join DetermiNation, and dedicate your training and participation in marathons, triathlons, cycling races, and other endurance events to help save lives.


  • Walk to help fight breast cancer and provide hope to people facing the disease. Join Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.


  • Share lifesaving cancer prevention and early detection messages with your local community.


  • Join friends and family for Relay for Life, an all-night fundraiser celebrating cancer survivors.

To learn more about the many volunteer opportunities at the American Cancer Society and to sign up to volunteer your time, click here or call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.


Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff

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