Dave Wesley lost both of his parents to cancer and is himself a 16-year prostate cancer survivor. Motivated by his experiences with the disease, Wesley began volunteering with the American Cancer Society, and his passion to serve hasn’t stopped.
“I believe it’s important for anyone facing cancer to know you can come out the other side; there is life after cancer,” he says.
Wesley has been a volunteer for more than 20 years, participating across all levels of the organization and sharing his experience at every venue where he speaks. He has had the opportunity to “watch the research process in action,” an experience convincing him that more needs to be done to promote cancer research. For his tireless service, Wesley in 2012 was a recipient of the prestigious St. George Award, a national award for outstanding service to the community in support of the Society’s mission to combat cancer.
“Unfortunately, there are many more researchers and projects worthy of being funded, if there were only more dollars available to fund them. That’s why I’m passionate about the many fundraising opportunities available,” Wesley explains.
Today a national research committee member and California Relay For Life® Hero of Hope, Wesley serves as the new volunteer orientation facilitator in Sacramento, California. He hosts volunteer orientations twice a month in what he calls, “my best hours of the month.” As a community leader, he motivates everyone to serve at their highest capacity. His greatest gift to the Society is his ability to motivate and engage others into action.“
If someone’s interested in making a difference, there’s no shortage of opportunity,” Wesley says.