Volunteering is part of a new lease on life
(NC) Maria Lento truly knows the value of early detection and screening when it comes to cancer. In 2003, a visit to the hospital for what she thought was food poisoning, revealed she had stage 2 colon cancer.
Thankfully for Maria and her family, the cancer was detected early enough and she now lives cancer free. But she never forgot what the Canadian Cancer Society did for her during the very difficult time of her treatment and recovery. “My colon cancer was caught just in the nick of time, so when I was recovering I decided that I wanted to give back by doing something to spread the word about the importance of screening and early detection,” explained Maria.
Through her volunteer work Maria has been able to not only share her own cancer story, but also spread the word about early detection and screening. “I volunteer because cancer is cancer, no matter who you are or where you live,” said the 55 year old survivor. “The feeling that I get when helping others is indescribable.”
Daffodil Month, held every April, is a national fundraising campaign of the Canadian Cancer Society. During the month, volunteers sell daffodil pins and are involved with numerous other activities to raise vital funds and cancer awareness. Funds raised throughout the month help the Society 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. Volunteer this April and support Canadians living with cancer. Visit cancer.ca to sign up today.
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