Have a little time on your hands and want to help those less fortunate than yourself?
Well, the Fayette County chapter of the American Cancer Society needs help with its Road to Recovery program. This program provides transportation for cancer patients who need help getting to their various doctor visits and treatments. Many of these folks are like you and me, but they can’t drive and have no way of getting to their doctors on their own. It could mean a trip to a hospital or doctor in Pittsburgh, or it could mean a trip to Uniontown Hospital. You can do whatever fits your schedule. And it could save someone’s life. Some of these people can’t get much needed medical treatments without transportation. So, please consider volunteering for this wonderful program. For more information call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
Also, remember the next Look Good Feel Better class will be held on July 21. Trained volunteer cosmetologists help female cancer patients deal with the side effects of treatment such as skin changes and hair loss. Persons with cancer are taught beauty techniques to enhance their appearance and self-image.
The class will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Robert E. Eberly Pavilion in Uniontown. The class is free and offered to women in current cancer treatment can pre-register for the class by calling 1-800-227-2345.
The American Cancer Society is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping cancer victims and their familities. It has a number of great programs, including:Cancer Information – ACS specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-600-AC5-234S.to provide comprehensive information about cancer and its treatment, as well as connect you with local community resources.
Their Web site: http://www.cancer.org is an unparalleled resource.I Can Cope
– An education program designed to help cancer patients and their loved ones deal with their cancer experience.Man to Man – An education and support group for men with prostate cancer that offers information, discussion and support. Families also can attend.
Reach to Recovery – A volunteer program that matches breast cancer survivors with anyone who has a concern about breast cancer. Volunteers provide information and support.
Cancer Survivors Network – A virtual community created by and for cancer survivors to connect with one another, share experiences and provide support. It is available online at
Research – The Behavioral Research Department of the National American Cancer Society conducts research on the quality of life of persons with cancer. For example, one study follows what persons with cancer report as physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs and functioning over a ten-year period.
Advocacy – Cancer is a political issue as well as a medical issue. The ACS is proud to be the leading advocate working to influence public policy to improve funding for cancer research and improve access to early detection and prevention programs at the local, state, and federal levels.
Here are some ways you can get involved as an ACS volunteer:
1) Provide support and hope to newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families.
2) Become a volunteer for one of the many American Cancer Society Patient Services programs.
3) Contact legislators regarding cancer related legislation.
4) Raise funds to support cancer research, services, and programs.
5) Help identify community needs, assets, and solutions as a community assessment team member.
6) Distribute information about the American Cancer Society 800 number, services, and programs.
For cancer information or to find out how you can make a difference call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit
You can also contact the American Cancer Society, Western Region,
320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa 15205
Call toll free -1-888-227-5445 ext. 1082.
Contact Mary Ann Ealy
Also, don’t forget about the Relay for Life being held Aug. 9-10 at Laurel Highlands High School. If you haven’t made it to a Relay for Life, now is the time to check one out. You won’t believe the fun and enthusiasm. Everyone’s having a great time for a great cause. You’re bound to see someone you know. If you haven’t been to one in a few years, you’ll be surprised by all the changes that have taken place over the past couple of years. It’s still not too late to start your own team. For more information call (724)437-0545. Remember we still have a ways to go, but we’re winning the war against cancer. You can make a difference in this fight. Your effort might just be the thing to put us over the top.