C-A-N-C-E-R thanks volunteers

15 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE — Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery celebrated its 10th anniversary at the annual Appreciation Picnic for all its volunteers. The C-A-N-C-E-R Board members had a good time cooking and serving everyone that could attend.

    As Susan Black said, “We never could have come this far without the help and support from all our dedicated, giving, caring volunteers. We just can’t say enough about them. They are there for us, every month, without a single reminder about baking and then dropping off what they’ve made.”
    Black credited the volunteers for their unwavering dedication to others.
    “They do it faithfully on the third Monday of every month. Then other volunteers fill our Bread of Life bags and deliver all these wonderful homemade breads and other goodies on the following day, the third Tuesday of every month. Each bag is filled with love, prayers and support to all those in treatment for cancer, and for their loved ones too.”
    This has been done for each of the 10 years. Not one of them is looking for anyone to say ‘thank you.’
    “This picnic gave us all on the board a chance to honor and celebrate them. The evening was one big ‘thank you,’” she said.
    C-A-N-C-E-R is a growing local organization that reaches out — neighbor to neighbor — bringing love, assistance and support, along with lots of prayers, to those in treatment for cancer in our communities. It’s a wonderful way of giving back to each other, to be there for each other, on this journey of life, said Black. “We all, at one time or another, need someone to be there for us, and it is great to be there when it’s not our turn to be in need,” said Black.
    Officials with the organization wished to express thanks to all the volunteers who help give during the year by helping fill the Bread of Life bags and raise donations.
    “Without you, we could not do what we do. Every donation that is given to C-A-N-C-E-R — every penny — is turned around and is sent right back out to all those in need in our communities. All the money we receive stays right here where we live,” said Black.
    If you would like to make a donation in memory of or in honor of someone, you can send it to: C-A-N-C-E-R, PO Box 811, Presque Isle, ME 04769.
    “Charity does begin at home. And, to us, home is Aroostook County,” said Black.


ImagePhoto courtesy of Louise Calabrese
    A big thank-you for all those nameless volunteers that help C-A-N-C-E-R all year. They have touched so many lives. The board has fun every year, cooking and serving them as a way of saying ‘thank-you.’ Officials with the organization hope seeing what is going on all year will help  let everyone know about the volunteers and all they do all year and what Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery is all about. A recent Appreciation Night was held to honor the many dedicated volunteers who make a difference for area cancer patients and their families.