This year it seemed as though I was better prepared for the 2014 ACS CAN Leadership Summit & Lobby Day. Over 600 volunteers from districts and states attended more this year than ever before. Leading up to Lobby Day I had the opportunity to share my story and what I’d hoped to accomplish while in DC with my local newspaper. Survivor Makes Voice Heard in Washington
Tears were shed because I had just learned of an old friend passing due to cancer. She was only 34 years old with three young children. One day she’s in the hospital having survey and chemotherapy. A few short months later she had passed away. So young and to die from colon cancer this just doesn’t seem real. Doing this volunteer work each year many of us are faced with our own cancer challenges. Several ACS CAN volunteers were being remembered for their hard work and dedication. The room filled with sadness because they were no longer with us. There are many moments of heart aches that comes along with dealing with cancer. I continue to push myself in memory of all those we have lost.
My nerves get to me right before meeting with the Senators and Representatives from my district, but the training that we receive I feel much more confident to face them. The Lights of Hope ceremony is just breath taking. Spiritually you sense the spirits of those who lost their battle with cancer present. We all remain hopeful that one day soon this disease will no longer exist. The ACS CAN Opener is the fun part, because we know that we can’t get though this 3-day event without reflecting on the good times that we’ve had. Gillian Anderson once said, “Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.”
In memory of Sherri, Charley, and Shannon, because of them and their fight I will do every step and action to be a great volunteer.