Volunteering in the memory of those lost to cancer

Almost everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer.

Mary Ziegler is all too familiar with that common phrase.

Ziegler lost three of her four grandparents to the disease along with several aunts, uncles and friends.

While she personally has not dealt with a diagnosis she is working in the memory of her loved ones as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society.

Her affiliation with the ACS started pretty loosely: she joined a team for a "Relay for Life" event.

"I would come out with about eight friends and we would play bridge and walk the track and just have a wonderful time--bring food. It was just a wonderful time for us to be together," said Ziegler.

Soon she was inspired to do more.

"After I saw how great the event was, I got on a committee," said Ziegler.

More than 10 years later, Ziegler is one of the local American Cancer Society's most dedicated volunteers.

"I think it's always a wonderful feeling to feel like you personally can have some kind of impact on some big problem and I think if enough individuals could get together and work towards something--it's a force like the world has never seen," said Ziegler.

She says it makes her feel good to be involved and that she feels like what she is doing will help find a cure even if it is too late for so many of her loved ones.

"I just like to look forward to the future for myself and my kids and all the advances that are being made and all the dollars that are being spent on research," said Ziegler. "I think someday it's going to come to fruition."

She believes, even if you can not dedicate a lot of time to volunteering, you should make a little time to attend a "Relay for Life" or other ACS event.

"It's just wonderful to see a community come together to celebrate survivors, remember those we've lost and fight back against future cancer," said Ziegler.

Whether it is volunteering like Ziegler does or going to an event day, every contribution to American Cancer Society makes a difference.

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