Volunteers: Making a difference today and tomorrow

More than 100 years ago, the American Cancer Society was started by volunteers relentless in their pursuit to change the course of cancer.

Today, more than three million volunteers are helping us save lives from every cancer in every community. Each of them is helping to create a legacy of compassion and hope as we work to accomplish our mission of finishing the fight against cancer.

“One of my mentors and heroes, my father, has always been very philanthropic and giving to others. I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” said Jason Forstot. Jason got involved with the Society in the late 1990s, volunteering for different events, including Relay For Life®.

“I love doing this. We help people and that’s what it comes down to,” Jason said. “Everyone involved is an inspiration. It makes my dedication that much stronger.”

Every April, in honor of National Volunteer Week, the Society recognizes one of America’s most valuable assets – volunteers. It’s also an opportunity to call the public’s attention to all volunteers do to improve our communities.

Linda Kaufmann is a breast cancer survivor and Reach to Recovery volunteer for over 20 years. She also knows the value of volunteering. “I didn’t want other women to have the same issues that I did. My heart is with making sure patients get what they need.”

She added, “Life is most worthwhile when you’re doing something for someone else. I’m making a difference and that keeps me going.”

So whether you drive cancer patients to and from treatment, lead a team at one of our community events, or advocate for change, your contribution matters. Everything the American Cancer Society is doing is possible because of our volunteers – they’re changing the course of cancer and are the reason we will finish this fight.

For information on local volunteer opportunities, visit cancer.org/getinvolved or call 1-800-227-2345.