Ways To Volunteer Locally to Support People With Cancer
There are many ways to volunteer locally to support people who are facing cancer. From raising money to transportation, here are a few ways you can get involved.
Cancer Association of Mercer County (CAMC)
The Cancer Association of Mercer County has been helping people with cancer in Mercer County since 1997. CAMC is a local, independent non-profit tax exempt organization, created solely for the purpose of helping cancer patients of Mercer County survive their disease physically, emotionally and financially.
Hopefest is an annual event held at the Wally Post Athletic Complex in St. Henry, Ohio on the Friday of Mother’s Day Weekend each year. There are several ways to be involved:
- Organize a Team
- Collect Donations
- Buy/Sell Chicken Dinners
- Blocks of HOPE – Purchase a block in honor or in memory of someone with cancer
- T-shirts & Grocery Grab Tickets
- Attend the event
Men’s Night Out
CAMC hosts a Men’s Night Out each February at the Richardson-Bretz Memorial Building in Celina. All male Mercer County residents who are cancer survivors and those currently undergoing treatment are invited. The evening includes food, fun and prizes and of course fellowship with other cancer survivors.
Patty’s Night Out
CAMC hosts a women’s night out called Patty’s Night Out in memory of Patty Menchhofer. It is held each October at the Knights of Columbus Hallin Celina. All female Mercer County residents who are cancer survivors and those currently undergoing treatment are invited to enjoy music, refreshments and pampering (including manicures, hair and makeup, massage, chair yoga and more) compliments of area merchants.
Relay for Life of Mercer County
Relay For Life is grass roots, community-based team event. The original event began at a Tacoma, Washington track when Gordy Klatt ran for 24 hours and raised $33,000. Now there are relays all over the United States where local communities comes together every year to support and celebrate survivors and caregivers. It is an opportunity to connect with others and know there is a strong support system available right here in Celina. Mercer County’s annual event takes place in May at the Celina High School Track.
American Cancer Society
There are many ways to help locally through the American Cancer Society. Here are just some of the many programs offered and ways to get involved:
- Road to Recovery – Give a ride to cancer treatment
For those who cannot drive themselves or have no other means of getting to their treatment, Road To Recovery volunteers donate their spare time to give cancer patients a much-needed lift.
Are you a breast cancer survivor and want to share your experience with someone who is currently facing a diagnosis? The American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery program matches trained volunteer breast cancer survivors to people living with breast cancer to provide understanding and hope to individuals who need support during their breast cancer experience.
- Cancer Action Network – Help legislate federal and state cancer laws
Use your passion for politics to help enact laws and policies that will make cancer a top national priority. American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network℠, ACS CAN, volunteers work to make sure our leaders take real steps toward finishing the fight against cancer.
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