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American Cancer Society to recognize volunteers April 18-24

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In celebration of the 37th annual National Volunteer Week (April 18-24), the American Cancer Society recognizes and celebrates the efforts of its more than three million volunteers nationwide who are making a difference for people facing cancer.

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In Becker County, more than 350 volunteers give their time and talent to fight back against the disease, including Heather (Harris) Bridgeman, who is determined to help end cancer during her lifetime. Heather is the Team Development Co-Chair for the Relay For Life of Becker County, which will be held June 18 at Detroit Lakes High School.

"My first experience with cancer was when my grandfather passed away when I was a young child. My father (Robert Harris) was then diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when I was 18. From the date of his diagnosis to the date that he passed away was a little over three weeks. My mother (Michelle Harris) was diagnosed last year with colon cancer and with her as well from the date of her diagnosis to the date that she passed away was also around three weeks.

"I have had other family members who have been touched by cancer and are in remission. I believe in the cause to fight to find a cure as my life, like many others has been immeasurably changed by this disease."

Bridgeman said, "If one day a cure can be found so that others do not have to feel the pain that has touched so many lives, it is worth the fight."

The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network sponsor the annual National Volunteer Week, which began in 1974 with an executive order by President Richard Nixon.

"Volunteers are the foundation of the American Cancer Society," said Lori Bachmann, community relations for the American Cancer Society, MN Region. "With them, we help save lives. I want to thank each of our volunteers in Becker County for their personal commitment to creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays."

To learn more about how you can saves lives while fulfilling your own through volunteering, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/volunteer. Locally, you can call Lori Bachmann at 847-4725.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.

We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy.

As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.

To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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