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In celebration of the 40th annual National Volunteer Week, the American Cancer Society recognizes and celebrates the efforts of its millions of volunteers nationwide, who make a positive difference for the Society as well as for cancer patients and their families.

“Volunteers are the backbone of the American Cancer Society,” said Vicky Hughes, from the American Cancer Society. “Since our organization’s inception in 1913, volunteers have been crucially important in making the American Cancer Society the strongest and most effective voluntary health agency in the world today. As we recognize this special week, I want to thank each of our volunteers here in Logan County for dedicating their time and energy to our cancer-fighting mission. Volunteers impact the community in ways that could not be done without their personal commitment.”

More than three million volunteers and supporters across the country help the American Cancer Society in its effort to eliminate cancer as a major public health problem. Volunteers in Logan County contribute to the cancer fight through a variety of roles, efforts and programs, including:

• Relay For Life® – More than three million Americans (including 500,000 cancer survivors) participate nationally in the Society’s signature overnight community event. Volunteer teams celebrate survivorship, remember those who have lost their battle with cancer and work to raise much-needed funds to fuel the fight against cancer.

• Community Health Advisor (CHA) – Specially trained group of community network partners and community heath advisors, who reach out in the community to educate and encourage others to go for their screenings.

• Legislative advocacy – The Society’s grassroots volunteer network of 280,000 volunteers successfully works to send strong messages to lawmakers about issues that matter to people touched by cancer.

“I work for the American Cancer Society and volunteer because cancer has touched everyone in some way including my mother and many close friends” said Vicky Hughes. “To help others in their fight against cancer is truly humbling. At the same time, I volunteer with the hope and resolve that, one day, we will eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations.”

The Active Community Network Partners for Logan County are the following: Sarah Vance, Cindy Fleming, Evia Mullins, Donna Adkins, Sherry Adams, Sandra Davis, Joann Cline and Betsy Murphy.

Active Community Health Advisors are the following: Cindy Flemings, Betsy Murphy, Evia Mullins, Tracy Wolford, Stephanie Preece, Karrie Spears, Sherri Workman.

The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network sponsor the annual National Volunteer Week, which began in 1974 with an executive order by President Richard Nixon.

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information on how to be a volunteer please call or contact vicky.hughes@cancer.org. or 304-638-5730.

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