• if you or a loved one has been given the gift of more time...how have you gone about paying it forward?

    Asked by JoLoaretti on Saturday, September 1, 2012

    if you or a loved one has been given the gift of more time...how have you gone about paying it forward?

    do you help others in a support group, do you help raise funds and or awareness by belonging to the American Cancer Society? or do you try and raise awareness to organizations like Be the Match, letting people know how easy it is to get on the registry, just swabbing a cheek, do you share your success stories?

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    • JoLoaretti's Avatar
      JoLoaretti

      do you help others in a support group, do you help raise funds and or awareness by belonging to the American Cancer Society? or do you try and raise awareness to organizations like Be the Match, letting people know how easy it is to get on the registry, just swabbing a cheek, do you share your success stories?

      about 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I volunteer full time, but that has nothing to do with being a cancer survivor and everything to do with being retired. Retirement has been my goal since I first started working for a living. Retirement is that time of life where you can do what you have always wanted to do rather than what you have to do to make enough money to live on.

      about 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN (Best Answer!)

      after my third diagnoses, I was scared, I thought this was it, partly because my dr. 24 years ago told me that If I got it a third time it would be hard to control. So, I thought this was it. After the docs told me it was controlled, and I "should" be fine, I lost my mom and dad, both to cancer within a 10 month period. I got involved with relay for life, I play in a band, we do benefit concerts, raise a lot of money. I was nominated to the american cancer society's Hero of Hope program, to speak to groups to inspire and encourage. So, I do. My wife and I do something,every single day, that involves working towards a cure, or helping someone who is fighting. I am happy to do so.

      about 5 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar
      Cindy

      I have continued to raise funds for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life. I did it for several years prior to having cancer myself. I now participate in this website and help answer questions like yours.

      about 5 years ago
    • jsmith221's Avatar
      jsmith221

      I am active in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Relay for Life, and Dance Marathon (year long endeavor which culminates in a 26.2 hour event which benefits the Children's Miracle Network). I am also in the application process for medical school. Many people worked hard to save my life when I battled AML, and it is my hope to be able to give back and help others in need. I am excited for the journey that lies ahead.

      about 5 years ago
    • mandjcast's Avatar
      mandjcast

      I have continued to supoort the St. Jude organization through monthly donations. I also participate in the American Cancer Society Spin for Hope every years helping to raise thousands of dollars. My hope is that through my efforts I can help create more birthdays and reduce the pain and suffering thta cancer patients endure.

      about 5 years ago
    • pambank's Avatar
      pambank

      I was given the gift of life in December 2007. Since recovery I work with a wonderful group of folks that have gone through some type of organ/tissue transplant. We raise awareness of the importance of donation. We also attend the US transplant games every 2 years to participate in several sports. It's a great time and you get to hear about other peoples stories. It's great!! My husband and I have helped others with children in small monetary ways. I do volunteer work in several organizations including the American Cancer Society. We have organized bone marrow drives.

      about 5 years ago
    • JHewitt's Avatar
      JHewitt

      I just reached out to the Leukemia & Lymphony Society to volunteer in their "First Connection" Program. They refer people with a similar diagnosis who are newly diagnosed and have questions or just need to talk to someone. I can't wait until I can share hope and help others get through the scary feelings that are associated with AML!

      about 5 years ago
    • JoLoaretti's Avatar
      JoLoaretti

      Thanks to you all for paying it forward, My husband & I got married at a Relay for life Event, he was the first survivor to get married at a Relay, we broke a world record for the most bridesmaids to one bride, representing all the colors of cancer awareness ribbons & we wanted to give people hope, sometimes all your dreams come true AFTER a cancer diagnosis

      about 5 years ago

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