• Funny how people change their outlook about things when it gets a little closer to home.

    Asked by buckhunter on Monday, February 4, 2019

    Funny how people change their outlook about things when it gets a little closer to home.

    I have always been an advocate for the American Cancer Society, I know first hand how they have helped me, immediately by getting me help with some doctor's bills, and in the bigger scope of things how they fund research, some of that is directly related to my type of kidney cancer. I have raised money for the last few years for Relay for Life and one couple who are friends have always scoffed at it saying no money goes to help anyone, the officers get paid too much, etc. and would never donate. Now today we find out that she has been diagnosed with cancer. Of course, the first thing we see is a request for "thoughts and prayers" and how they can get help with what insurance won't cover. Looking for the best doctors, drug trials and everything that last year was thought to be a scam. As a popular quote says, "you'll never understand it until you go through it".

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    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Meyati is 100% correct ACS is governed on the state level. When I was diagnosed in Idaho I did go to the ACS for help but they couldn't really couldn't give me much information. However I found a lot of support from LIVESTRONG. Also my medical center was a non-profit that was funded by donations from local small foundations. I am not saying LIVESTRONG is better than ACS but I am saying that there are other organizations that help also and you need to find one that fits you philosophically.

      4 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      Well I believe in the moon landing, and I don't think that 9-11 was any American plot. It was indeed a terrorist attack. I do know that my clinic told me to call ACS. ACS told me to contact the city. The city told me to contact the ACS, the cancer clinic or United Way..

      My son knows the man that runs the state ACS through United Way. This is my son's 27th year as a UW volunteer. My son was curious about the lack of anything through ACS, so he asked the ACS leader what does he do. My son was told that he organized fund raisers, and that was a full time job. My son talked to other people-like the Union Council rep, UW president, Veteran rep, some business people, and they said that the ACS rep attended parties, and that seems to be it.

      While ACS does fund research, allocate money, has a nice phone bank so people can call and get information, etc. There are some places-New Mexico being one that would save thousands of dollars a year by closing down this office and doing everything online and through a phone call.

      4 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      If you call their 800 phone number, you reach their National information line, which is totally different from the local office. I got a few brochures from the local office, but got more information about services from the 800 phone number. They sent me a list of organizations to call for financial help. I think the local office just does "local stuff" like organizing people for runs, etc.

      4 months ago

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