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Cancer Society Offers Help Thru the Holidays

Written by on December 10, 2012 in News

For most of us the holidays are a time of joy and celebration, but cancer doesn’t pay attention to the calendar. The American Cancer Society wants to remind everyone that we stand ready to help people in the fight against cancer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Cancer resource specialists are available at 1-800-227-2345 and our trusted Website is available at www.cancer.org.

The reliability of Society services is a comfort to many cancer patients, as the holidays can be a particularly difficult time of year for patients, caregivers, family and friends. The comprehensive resources available through the American Cancer Society can help constituents manage their experience at every point in the cancer journey, from initial diagnosis through survivorship and beyond. Society resources can provide helpful information, day-to-day guidance and emotional support, allowing cancer patients to focus on getting well.

“I just want people to be aware of the help that’s available,” said Lynn Carlson, a Realtor® in Des Moines and a cancer survivor. “When I was diagnosed and felt scared, I knew that even in the middle of the night I could call the American Cancer Society’s toll-free number (1-800-227-2345) and get information. I could talk to someone who could ease my fears and make me feel better.”

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 13 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today encouraged Iowans to get involved with their government through the boards and commissions process.

The pair highlighted the more than 180 boards and commissions that advise all areas of state government, from the governor’s office to the Legislature, as well as state agencies.

This spring, more than 225 positions on Senate-confirmed boards and commissions will see their terms expire, and the governor and lieutenant governor hope many Iowans will apply to fill the vacancies.

Among those board positions are spots on high-profile boards such as the Regents and Transportation Commission, but also dozens of licensing boards and advisory boards for departments and policy initiatives.

“Iowans can achieve great things by serving on a board or commission,” said Gov. Branstad. “Boards and commissions are often where the rubber meets the road – helping create policy to the implementation of administrative rules.”

A listing of all state boards and commissions, along with current openings, is found here: https://openup.iowa.gov/.

Lt. Gov. Reynolds says it’s a great way for Iowans to get involved, and knows firsthand, as she was selected by Gov. Branstad to serve on the IPERS Investment Board in the ‘90s.

“We encourage all Iowans who are interested in being a part of citizen government to submit an application,” said Reynolds. “This is a wonderful way for Iowans across the state to be involved, help to hold their government accountable, and implement and maintain a government delivery system that is commonsense, and works well for its citizens.”

State law requires that all boards and commission be balanced according to gender and political affiliation. In addition, geographic and ethnic diversity are taken into consideration during the appointment process.

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