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“I joined a club I didn’t want to be a member of…”

October 30, 2013

Sorting through your ‘Dare to’ stories, we came across some pretty inspiring tales. Anita’s account, from patient to advocate, really stood out.

Anita’s battle with cancer didn’t end after her treatment: She continues to fight by volunteering to help patients and educate the public. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we want to share Anita’s “Dare to” story with you:

“I dare to volunteer helping cancer patients.


13 years ago, I joined a club I didn't want to be a member of -- I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Getting through surgery and chemo was scary enough, but wondering if I was going to survive this was the worst feeling.

Support from my family, friends, and cancer organizations saved my life. After I made it through my treatment, I decided to volunteer to help other cancer patients. Today, I am a cancer resource volunteer. I spend every Monday morning at a local oncology practice where I sit with patients, offer them information, and give them comfort and support while they're going through their treatment.


I call myself a cheerleader! Believe me, I get more out of it than I give. My volunteer work takes a lot of forms: I call cancer patients who are diagnosed with the same cancer I had and talk them through their experience, and I attend health fairs and give out information on cancer and how to stay healthy. It's been a wonderful journey from patient to advocate!”

-Anita, Orange Lake, NY


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