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Volunteering empowers cancer survivor to help others

(NC) When she received a cancer diagnosis at 34 years old, Tammy Horvath was no stranger to the disease as her mother and sister had previously both been diagnosed with breast cancer. With this and her two young children in mind, Tammy knew she needed to fight back.

Diagnosed with stage 4 uterine sarcoma, a very rare and deadly form of uterine cancer, Tammy's case was considered palliative as she had been told that she had only two or three weeks to live. Despite the grim prognosis, she pleaded for surgery and told her physician to do whatever it took because she needed to be around for her kids. Fortunately her pleas were heard and he agreed to try and remove as much of the cancer as possible.

After the surgery, Tammy remembers receiving radiation and chemotherapy. “Treatment left me feeling highly emotional, completely isolated and in need of a good support system,” she explained. “The Canadian Cancer Society's support and information services really helped me overcome those negative feelings.”

Ten years later, Tammy shows her gratitude for the support she received by volunteering her time and giving back any way she can. It's because of dedicated volunteers like Tammy that the Society is able to raise funds that help them to prevent cancer, fund research to outsmart cancer, empower, inform and support those living with cancer, and advocate for public policies to improve the health of Canadians.

“I hope that maybe I can help increase the sense of empowerment in each one of us,” said Tammy proudly. She genuinely believes that her life was spared so she can volunteer and spread her message of hope while helping others.

Last year, more than 187,000 Canadians were diagnosed with cancer. That's 21 people every hour. Throughout April, volunteers across Ontario will be working together to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society as part of Daffodil Month. Volunteer this April and support Canadians living with cancer. Visit to sign up today.

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