I said I had work to do...

But I told Ms. Dalene that I was doing this last night, so I better get to it!

I don't think I've ever mentioned the ACS Navigator program out here before and for that, I believe I've been remiss.

I have heard so many great stories about how much the Navigators and/or the 800 number (800.ACS.2345) to the ACS helpline have helped friends and families of a newly diagnosed cancer patient in some way. So I think it is of critical importance to get the word out about their programs.

What is a Navigator?

American Cancer Society Navigators act on behalf of those affected by cancer in every community to identify and obtain beneficial resources. Navigators offer free, confidential assistance to cancer patients and those who care for them. Navigators are trained to listen to you, learn your needs and put together a plan of action that is tailor-made just for you. On the web, just click on www.cancer.org for up-to-the-minute information about American Cancer Society programs, services and events in your community.

What can a Navigator do for you?
  • Provide extensive cancer information
  • Assist in locating local and national resources
  • Arrange for durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and beds
  • Coordinate transportation and lodging
  • Connect you with wigs, hats and prostheses resources
  • And so much more…
If you or someone you know has cancer, a single toll-free call to 1.800.ACS.2345 will put you in touch with your American Cancer Society. Trained Cancer Information Specialists are available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are calling during business hours, ask to speak directly to your local Navigator.

It's a great program helping cancer patients and their families every day. And another great thing about it? It's one of the things that your dollars are helping when you are donating to me and my team with this whole Relay For Life thing I'm always squacking at you about. So if you are wondering what I'm doing with that money I'm asking for with this year round fundraising with the running and the truffles and the knitting/crocheting and hot dogs/brats stands and whatever else I've got up my sleeve throughout the year? This Navigator thing is one of them. Along with the research, of course. But this is such a great direct help that I've personally seen helping my friends, so I want to promote it out there to the bigger world. So Dalene? Run with it and push it to the Really Big World. :)

800.ACS.2345 Use it if you need it. 24 hours. They know what they're talking about. If you have questions, they'll find answers.

And if you ever need info and just don't feel like talking to a live person, in taking some time to look around the ACS online website today (again - www.cancer.org), that has come a long way over the past couple of years, as well. It's got a whole lotta information connected with it these days.

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