Making Strides – A Video Recap

We wanted to share this video by Ninja Cat Productions, of the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Kansas City event.  The excitement, the walkers, and the amount of money brought in by our participants amazes us every day! We are so honored to have such a great community force with us as we fight back against breast cancer.  Thank you to all of you who walked, donated, and spread the word about our event.  We can’t wait to see you next year – we’re we’ll do it all over again!

(Click on the link above to look at our Facebook page  – our video seems too big to upload!)

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Springfield Office Hosts a Hat Drive for Patients

The cold winter is upon us and no one feels the chilly weather like our local cancer patients.  Some may be losing their hair due to chemotherapy treatments, or on the way to losing their locks.  To keep them healthy and warm this winter, our Springfield office is hosting a hat drive on Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 7.  We are in need of new or gently used hats for women, men and children.

Hats can be dropped off at the Society office from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm during the week.  We’ll even have a warm cup of warm apple cider to thank you for your contribution. Help us keep the hearts and heads of those facing cancer throughout Missouri!  For more information, contact Tracelyn Sutton at 417.447.1489 or Tracelyn.Sutton@cancer.org.

 

Road to Recovery Volunteer Spotlight: Thomas Sterner

 

As Thomas Sterner drives cancer patients to and from treatments, he can’t help but look at the cars and houses that line the Kansas City metro area. Thousands of people perfectly capable of going beyond themselves and reaching out to someone who is in need, yet so few do.

Thomas Sterner has been volunteering with the American Cancer Society Road To Recovery since January of 2012. Thomas first heard of the program through his daughter, who had started volunteering. Being a cancer survivor himself, Thomas wanted to give back to the cancer community and be able to see firsthand that he was helping make a difference.

Through his time volunteering, Thomas has been a friend and confidant to many cancer patients. Having gone through the same process and having a similar experience gives Thomas’ riders the confidence to open up about their trails, fears, and concerns.

When Thomas was diagnosed with cancer, he had both his wife and daughter to take him to his appointments and take notes. However, not everyone is so blessed. According to Thomas, we live in such an affluent society, it is a shame that we do not know our neighbors better and we are not comfortable in asking them for help. “Generally, we don’t rise to the occasion until it hits home. Don’t wait till it hits home.” says Thomas. If you would like to rise to the occasion and take time to volunteer to help someone on their road to recovery, visit cancer.org or call  816.842.7111.