Sr. Manager Distinguished Events
American Cancer Society, Marco
I start each New Year with lots of great ideas, new energy and plenty of optimism that we will do better than the year before and as you can guess that gets harder each year. This year was no different; we laid out our plans, set our dates, recruited our committees and got to work. Our hope was that members of our community would want to help us further our mission and create more birthdays. Little did we know that our hope would turn into reality as this community rose to the occasion and supported us in every way imaginable. Someone said to me recently, ACS seems to be everywhere this year and is always in the paper – you must be doing really well. Those remarks are a wonderful testament to all the hard work that our volunteers are doing every day to champion the mission of the American Cancer Society. We have had more events, big and small, and raised more for the mission of the American Cancer Society than ever before and we have to say thank you. To name all of you who have given your time, talent and/or treasure would take up more space than I am allowed but you know who you are and you know that we are forever grateful for all that you do.
They say HOPE is not a strategy but for the American Cancer Society HOPE is what drives us to set the strategies in place to raise the much needed funds that give HOPE to those living with cancer, fighting cancer or who have lost friends and loved ones to cancer. HOPE is in the air here on Marco Island as we all believe that the monies we raise will support the researcher who finds the cure or finds a treatment protocol or preventative test that will save lives. HOPE is what I see when I talk to survivors and caregivers about what we are doing and their fearlessness in fighting this disease is what motivates me each and every day. I know that 2015 is not over yet and no, I cannot predict the future but I am pretty confident that 2015 will be a banner year for us. I am so proud to be associated with such an indefatigable group of volunteers and supporters who work day in and day out to help others.
As we get ready to hit the track for Relay For Life, I must give one final bow to the 2015 Imagination Ball and the wonderful committee, dedicated sponsors, generous donors and guests who helped us raise a record setting $230,000 inthe fight against cancer. Not even a torrential downpour could dampen the spirits of the 270 guests who came together for a great cause and have some fun in the process. There was definitely HOPE and lots of electricity in the air as guests enjoyed themselves throughout the evening.
It is so hard to believe that it is April already and season is about over for Marco Island and what a season it has been! So, don’t leave yet, we still have our flagship event, Relay For Life presented by Robert J Flugger, coming up on April 18th at Mackle Park and we want to see all of our Marco Island families, friends and neighbors at the event for some or all of the day. Our theme ‘One World One Hope’ encapsulates our belief that where people work together for a common cause there is HOPE for a solution and for us that means that no one else will hear the words ‘you have cancer’. When you come out to the track you will see a sea of HOPE as our Relayers proudly wear their participant t-shirts emblazoned on the front with one word ‘HOPE’! This year we have chosen to hold our Relay For Life from 11AM – 11PM and we HOPE that will give everyone a chance to participate. Come out and see what we are doing, support our teams who have been fundraising for months and get a little exercise by walking one or two laps around the track. If you are a survivor or caregiver, please join us for our first two laps and then enjoy a fabulous lunch that is given in your honor. It’s not too late to start a team either and we’d love to have you join us. Just call Sue at the office and she’ll get you all set up right away. I can’t wait to walk a lap with you.
So, back to my predictions for 2015 – when Relay For Life is over I HOPE to be reporting that the Marco Island American Cancer Society exceeded last year and raised more than ever before which is exactly the goal I set when the year began! Thanks to all of you who helped make that happen!
This is an ongoing series of columns dedicated to informing the Marco Island community about The American Cancer Society, the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The Marco Island American Cancer Society office is located at 583 Tallwood, Unit 101 and is open daily from 9AM-5PM. For more information about volunteer opportunities, events and services please contact Lisa Honig at 239-642-8800 ext. 3891.