The following is excerpted from the 2009 Praise the Volunteers! blog post by Dr. Len Lichtenfeld of The American Cancer Society
” Without our volunteers…(we can) not support our core mission, let alone survive. We are fortunate to have many wonderful people … who are are devoted to our cause. They are what makes the American Cancer Society such a special place for so many of us….
Volunteers often labor for hours with little recognition. They do what they do from the goodness of their hearts and their belief in a cause. They offer their time and their skills because they want to make a difference, help someone who needs help, offer comfort to others in their time of need.
One of the ultimate stories… (is) how one volunteer can make a difference, and how one person with an idea can impact the lives of millions for years to come—both cancer survivors and those whose volunteer their time and skill to support those survivors and the mission of the American Cancer Society.
To all of our American Cancer Society volunteers, and to all of you who volunteer in whatever way you choose, from our hearts to yours, thank you for everything that you do every day. We are all blessed for your efforts.”