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From Carrie Thrash

By Staff | Apr 13, 2011

Dear Editor:

This year, April 10 through 15 is designated as National Volunteer Week. I’d like to thank the countless volunteers in your community who help the American Cancer Society with its life-saving mission to end cancer and create a world with more birthdays. Our volunteers help by organizing the local Relay For Life, transporting patients to treatment through the Road to Recovery program, supporting breast cancer patients through the Reach to Recovery program, supporting prostate cancer patients through the Man to Man program, and providing expert skin, hair, and nail care for women currently going through treatment through the Look Good…Feel Better program. Our volunteers are the life-blood of our organization, and I am so truly grateful for each of them.

Aside from volunteering through the American Cancer Society, there are countless other opportunities for volunteers to get involved in their community. I encourage everyone to find a cause to support and to find a way to give back. There are many well-deserving organizations that depend on volunteers to help serve the needs of our communities. As one of my favorite quotes states, “Volunteers aren’t paid because their worthless, but because they are priceless.”

Carrie Thrash, American Cancer Society Community Manager

Parkersburg, W.Va.