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LetterToTheEditor — Director extends ‘thanks’ to volunteers

Dear Editor:

Volunteers inspire by example and make our community a better place to live and work. These unsung heroes are the fabric of our communities and our country.

During National Volunteer Week, April 18 – 24, I wanted to take the time to thank the dedicated men, women and young people in the Greater Knoxville area for their commitment to the American Cancer Society’s mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

As a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization, the success of the American Cancer Society depends on the work of the countless volunteers who are involved in our patient support programs, support groups and fund-raising efforts.

Without our volunteers, we couldn’t possibly reach all of the people we do through programs like Look Good…Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, Man to Man and I Can Cope.

Our signature fund-raising event, Relay For Life, would not be possible without the volunteers who work year-round to make those events successful.

Volunteering isn’t simply nice to do, but it is always necessary. What would our lives, our communities, our country be like without people from all walks of life – businesses, faith-based organizations, low-income communities, families, youth, and older adults — who unleash their power of compassion to serve as helping hands to the many people in our area and their families who are dealing with cancer?

Thanks to all of our volunteers for everything you do.

Jim Dukes

Executive Director

American Cancer Society

Knoxville Office


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