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American Cancer Society 032518

Mar 22, 2018|

AN INTERVIEW WITH NICOLE LaROSE, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER WITH AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, ABOUT THE WORK ACS DOES AND ABOUT THEIR FUNDRAISER RELAY HOOD TO COAST PACIFIC CITY.

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This is metro scope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm hearing blocks have been wanna jump right into this episode because we have a lot to get to today and like to welcome to cola rose Nicole is the senior manager of community development we the American Cancer Society there Nicole. A scary thing is. So much for having me on today. Absolutely she gets a big event coming up by the first part of may help before we get to the event studies. The American Cancer Society is probably one of those organizations that's fortunate enough to have some pretty good name recognition right. That is true actually and I think the last study that they. They did about 98% of people I know who the American Cancer Society is now unfortunately on 90% of the people don't know what we. Do well let's hope that was my question what what does the American Cancer Society do 'cause we know the name. We'll we do a lot we actually we fight cancer from every angle. We find reap search. A lot around education around prevention and an early deep tax again. Provide a number of our program conservatives for cancer patients and their families. And we also have a our sister advocates the organization the American Cancer Society cancer action network. Working on legislation and working with our legislators GO. I'm really pushing through at a policy level. Really seems like if you if you if you're unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with cancer who probably the first thing your. Can do is talk your doctor the second thing is you can go to the American Cancer Society web site. I sure hope so though the American cancer and we have an amazing web site it is www. Cancer dot org. I mean just hearing or give a loan last year almost a quarter Miller almost a million people visited our web site. I'm an over a quarter million people actually call our 1800 number it is a bold both sources very trusted. Trusts his source of information that is scientifically based evidence based it is to curry and it is acceptable both the web site. And that 1800 number which that number is 18022. That then. 2345. Both those resources can be accessed 24 hours today. Seven days a week even the 1800 number I know a lot of people get nervous about calling 1800 numbers I promise you'll talk to a real life person and and that's someone you can call 3 in the morning. We got on how Gainer is on the other line. I know and both have cancer they're in and also their caregivers Q there stressed out there thinking a lot about it what are they gonna do they can Holler 1800 number and talked to a person. Yeah I was thinking for live for the caregivers are probably in an invaluable resource. It's it honestly it really is and I've I've heard and seen you know clips of folks who have called in and they just feel so relieved to mind when they can talk to somebody who knows what they're talking about who has. Good information reputable information. And also both those three dirt it's not just information you can go find. Which you can go learn. I'm Powell. And our programs and services that you can get linked with some of our direct patient programs and services. You know if you live in or gaining you need are right Jeter treatment if you can't get there. You can call that 1800 number and you can put in a request and hopefully our volunteers will be able to come out and give fault to. To the treatment that they need to save their life. If someone listening went to cancer dot org or are they able to access the local chapters as well. They they'll be able to get up get our contact information so that they can get in touch with us here in the Portland office. Okay there you have an event coming up on May fifth tell me about what the hood to coast Pacific city what does that. Well I'd love to tell you about it fell a lot of people Knoll would accompany the mother of all relay everywhere know that they haven't done that they wanna do it they know about it. On bell Pacific Diddy if they actually. When had a code started back in 1980 jail. It their roof was from Mount Hood to. It's that big city haystack rock and did great pilot pal while pelican public there at the time but and right there at the haystack rock. Now as we all know the decode is grown act. Financially it outgrew that location and now of course and that these diets but they're kind of bringing it back. I'm a bit when it's not quite a full rue but this is the final that final half. And the original crew which shall starter. And bald peak which is outside of the cutting your gas and Carol an area thing M hill county. And it I'm real the real layers all run or walk 77 my old Q Pacific city. 77 miles. For the runner I see I elbowed running team. I dat that will be a full route will be 77 miles is about 58 miles for the walking teams they'll start. A little bit later on belt where the runner to have twelve leg to rhyme. The walkers we'll only have eight to that they have a full team felt full team is sick people. Have to have a minimum of four. I would recommend having a full team player doing less. The runners of course Philly chapter run to lag for the full team and and the walkers because they have a lag on. To Obama have to do to lag but the other for a get off the hook with just want you to. Well that's good you don't have to dual yourself he gets teammates got that right notoriety may. Well you gotta ya how the American Cancer Society ball with the radicals Pacific city. Aware we are actually be charity partner for that straight though what that means if we've got to when he. Slots to fill with charity athlete team. And and turns out there that registration fee for the relay of course. But these scheme that they find it to be charity actually team. To fund they commit to fund raising and support the American Cancer Society programs and services in research and all the off the market we Gail. I'm an intern they don't have to pay the registration fee. All the money that they raise we'll go directly to the American cancer society and all of work that we do. So yeah that's they've pretty often come am and like I that I can I can you know the end of the show maybe get into a little more about what we're doing locally and you know why groups quite. Really I often to support the American Cancer Society. But let's just relieved. Is is up leave the team nearly committing just focus on raising money and actually doing the race. Yes and wanting to a lot of folks have been a little nervous especially if you've never find great before it's a little daunting like oh my gosh I don't even hotter raise money. And I should mention that we are asking Eric are keen to commit to about 33000. Dollars per team. And I know that sounds like a lot of breaks down about 500 dollars per person. But we hear anti cancer society your fundraising experts that we will support our team will coach them through that will help them be successful we've got a lot of ideas for how they can find great. And I I would do you want to mentions a lot of books the party had that full I don't know I can do I may fit in because make it really isn't that far away we are going to get our team extra time to raise up raise that money we understand that it can be very stressful and at the very short time frame. Yeah it is just right around the corner. He has some fundraising to shouldn't give out right now. Yeah I honestly outplayed the most I think the most successful pet mauled number one. Always lead with a mission of the American cancer society and what we do between your donors they always say they want it now what is my money dealing how is that going to impact how the going to benefit society is that going to a good use. They definitely always let people know wire fundraising and what the money got. On number two. Personally I have hundreds before and after he got worked for the cancer society for. Over eleven years now and I think the biggest thing that I hear from people the most successful fundraising tool it personal act. You would be shocked. Who comes out of the woodwork sometimes I mean I remember when I be doing that for another baguette to the post on social media and I had never thought I hadn't talked to in years people I went to high school with and we hadn't talked. Spending need donations because. Would they Gator believed in the cause or even they were touched by cancer themselves. But even your friend even family you'll be surprised to come valid. And will forgive you donations and especially when you tellem what you're doing at four and also that you're doing something. Kinda you know kind of crazy and off some like real laying with the team for 77 miles from all speak to the beach. I'm that usually is did you really impressive and people attend to donate when you're when you're doing crazy to offer cut that. But the the purest give pleasantly surprised by your long lost aunt. Heck I think yeah. Eric Green Day he comic book and I thank god that didn't three years. And he donated like 300 dollars it was amazing itself and we got that's just a few tips I'm really personal and it really catching your personal story to that as well. But why why are you doing that for the American cancer study how you were personally touched by cancer may be your cancer survivor they hearing Matt. I'm with your potential donors. Goes along way Q. So it's entice some surety athletes what what kind of benefits of these athletes can get. Brutal but the idea participating in the first ever had because specific city relay on the American Cancer Society we will provide them with. An athletic shirt and a bag of goodies. Are amazing partner pelican brings out there are located right there the big beach party actually going to be going at great. Right out by by pelican in front of the haystack rock on the beach. They are donating a meal and two drinks for all of our eight get charity runners and when they finished the rape and they get to the finish line. They get to come hang out and AS eight Fiat to VIP tent area. And then they'll be provided without your pet go over to the food tents in the during tenth and killed. I'll take advantage of that amazing. Product the pelican have to offer. And they certainly do with the pelican Ming I love those guys. Yes good to. Solid people and great product and. So loved the money raised how many are expecting to raise and with this event. Well if we get all of art when he teamed slots filled and they all hit 30000 dollars. That should be 60000 dollars and I know that there are teams that'll go over that but so we're hoping and expecting first six C. I every every little bet every penny counts and I'll go to supporting our mission. Yeah now one escalate when we beat you make 60000 plus much been that much money. What are you to do with all that money what are. Are we gonna do it down I had some I'm glad you asked Gary can we deal. A lot of great things with our money and so for example I'll talk specifically about organ because that's where we are. Just in Oregon alone the American Cancer Society is funding eight active research grants. Totaling almost three million dollars Barack. Awake yet you look Providence elect you university or again. I'm almost all the educational institutions in this gate they're back every church grant going on. We also provide programs and services to local patients who are in cancer treatment. For example were really doubling down honor app for this year I'm in going forward on her access to care program because we feel. Obviously we want to make sure everyone who needs cancer treatment is able to get to their treatment and it's. It's really scary can now. Europe they're actually a lot of people out there who they don't have a support system they don't maybe have a vehicle they don't have money for public transportation and if they're not getting to their treatment. We know that that and you know I did decreasing energy into the padding at the thought well how come there's two of those programs are road to recovery that the our transportation program it is. Completely. It facilitated LaBeouf facilitated but it. Volunteers are the ones out there providing the right to cancer patients and we will take volunteers. If you're willing to give an hour a month or every day a month what ever worked for your schedule we need people I can tell yet in the state of Oregon and we. We definitely need drivers. I'm even now and it's an impressive number we've provided. 27. Almost 2800. Road our road to recovery rides in 2017. That was. Almost you know almost 3000. Trips to treatment that might not have happened if the program hadn't accepted. That is something that most people don't realize that the American Cancer Society provides. Yeah and that smiling at an earlier on we started to show most people know who we are but they don't know what we do so I hope to change that a little bit today on your show. And in addition to our our road program another programmer really putting a lot of effort in Q will be our hotel lodging program. I'm and then this girl a lot of patient that needs you travel you know more than an hour away from home for treatment and you got a lot of votes but they are not feeling in the mood to drive home afterwards they need to have another treatment the next day so we work. I with local hotels and other other groups that provide lodging to provide free or discounted lodging on to our patients typically it's very. Just depends on Kennedy agreement with the hotel. But if if there are folks out there in the world you have connection he'll local hotels I can tell you actually here in Portland that the huge needed for more lodging partners. Speak it's especially because I know in the summer we have a hard time. Not all patients that need a rumor able to get her room and that's because. Arlen kind of hot destination for travel and when there's you know a lot of tourists here during that summer a lot of the hotels are booked and unfortunately that means patients might not be getting to their treatment or there you know traveling really far. After a long day treatment. This may be one thing to that we ended live in the Portland metro area were so close to hospitals you know they're there within a few miles anyway. But do you think of somebody who lives on the rural areas team they've definitely gonna have a hard time getting into this too is. Two other treatments. Yeah and I will say that's probably our. Not the same the moderates are it and we're lucky in the city to have public transportation but we can't say that for all of our outlying areas. Definitely can you talk about some of the research that's being done especially local. You know I do now I can her life got married the document friends. I haven't talked not about I'm doctor I'm not a researcher I can fight cancer in my own way and that's. That's what I'm doing here at the American Cancer Society raised a lot of money spread a lot of awareness. But there are a actor grant and I can't think earlier those are active app Providence Portland. But several at Oregon health and science university it looks like I have got. Lines he used to Berea at Allegiant Yale or Alley cat you. Also the Portland biter in administration medical center is an active grant areas well and Oregon State University. And University of Oregon. How about some ways that listeners can get involved with the American Cancer Society either volunteering or giving up timer whatever whatever help we need. Well while while we've got a lot of opportunities. So for folks to spotlight enjoy a bad thing you know maybe there had to cut Pacific city relay is not your bang you're not. Runner or walker. Believe that the mother options Fauria a little left and and but it. We've got most people have heard of relay for life it's actually the American Cancer Society it's actually the largest fund raiser in the world it's our largest fund raiser. It's going out I want that they think relay turning 33 years old this year it yak it. We're very lucky to have an event that it the stated that fifteen then and I'm. Been going on for that long started actually 1985. And Tacoma Washington cannot too far from out. We've got lots of relayed almost every. Community if surrounding Portland including Portland has the local relay for life. They they are anywhere from four to 24 hours we still have a lot of 24 hour event out there. And basically what we do it relay we celebrate cancer survivors we remember loved ones that we've lost to cancer and we fight back by raising money I raising awareness. Teams come out it's one of those overnight event they'd bring their camping gear they stay up overnight there's lots of fun. But activities entertainment food lots of cool stuff going on for everybody. Teams often have fun activities going on at their campsite and why we call it our relay out not intend to relay. But it's the whole. Premises that one person from your team that is the team that. One person is on the track walking at all times. A lot of template folks who do it you know each of our walkers might take an hour shift. And they'll do the walking well the team had a partying and hanging out and taking advantage of but fun stuff going on at relay. They get one thing if there any cancer survivors out there listening today. The opening ceremony of relay is all about celebrating new. And your caregivers. It is free and we want to celebrate youth now get online check out relay for life dot org. Plugging in your zip if there's really in your community we would love to have you come out and be celebrated. Sometime this summer relay are taken off I think our first one is mid may and they will go thrill up. Madoff almost the end of August. That's fantastic and it's I spoke to go Goodell that he was Lou but this time last year on the show. And they were doing relay for life and it was they were so inspiring. Very cool way of real authentic muted and a one out high that opening survivor lap when you feed your driver's. You know anywhere from 21 need to I've seen 300 Obama out there on the track take the first lap and there relay. Mean I'm actually getting those funds rate now thinking about it it's inspiring and especially not only to those about to have had cancer. But he got a thing for folks who are fighting cancer can be all those survivors. It's amazing. The F come out to a relay that summer. Her folks fill in most of our relay is that we can't have a dog they're not allowed but we do have several bark for life events happening. Around the area as well another one and they along their one upping Clark County without one an act to Qaeda. Apologizing about Mitt than another one but lots of but they'll bark for life is like a relay but for dogs. The lot shorter we know dogs probably don't wanna party for 24 hours a week two to four hours. And that it's hard for eagle for breast cancer event we have a couple. Action few events that are focused out of the money from those events raised goes to fitted with your breast cancer research and program. Making strides against breast cancer at our signature breast cancer walking happened in October. I'm always looking for a team that survivors and volunteers for that event as well. Pink then I ain't that to come up in May and that's just a fun night owl ordered. Drained silent auction and entertainment. Coming up in May. And that lets be real men Wear pink all though this is where we recruit. Ought men to really kind of raise money. For rescue again for breast cancer research and program than that it's not so much an event is that is. And even know what to college but. And that guy basically challenge each other Q. Try to meet at 2500 dollar fundraising commitment. And to see who can raise the most money through campaign in the month of October. And then we've got to hope gave a lot of this November at the Oregon do. Also in May we've got this is fun it's like an all you can eat. It's kind of look at a cocktail party let's take it'd it'd take your prayed that. UConn and it's all you can eat sushi and there's a lot of fun activities going on there that is coming up at bank. Again you can find dollar eye contact information I can't get our get in touch with us with any of these things found interesting. I and then the neighbors started the new stuff this year like the had become thing is new for us is well add band called whole quest to PD act which. It's very exciting at coming up in September. And that debate team scavenger hunt. And so basically teams will be from two dead. The executed six folks and they'll get pretty intense scavenger hot list in 24 hours. To go out and buying there are due is many activities that they can and then will be awarded some cool prizes at the end of the 24 hours now. That's yet it out to jockey BMO. Hit a first timer doing it and found that made things were gonna have people didn't create the cool stuff and this super. I'm think those are events I mean I can be done a pocket for their I can keep talk in the pocket and we've got lots of stuff when I'm around here and that but actually I think. Volunteering. In any capacity we always need volunteers American Cancer Society is built on volunteers it is a volunteer run organization. If we are all about empowering our volunteers that means all these events I just talked about. Either mostly put on by volunteers we are where that support. We give them we provide them with the help and the support that they need to make it happen. But we cannot be we would not be where we are today without the support of our amazing volunteers. I'm so in addition to which is being on planning committees for these events and that can be anything from. Planning the nitty gritty details on the logistics Q maybe procurement for you know file auction items or get a raffle or on something along those lines. Helping with the recruitment to get teams in people out sponsorship there's you know Andy think of any planning committee any event. Someone's got to do all the jobs though we've got a job for everybody we also just need people to come out on Andy dale volunteering we need people to help with registration and and you know help quit on survivor registration at some of the relay it's a lot of different ways people looking involve stay up with. And I am I talked about it earlier huge need for road to recovery drivers in the Portland metro area and really all over the state of or against it. Helped get the patience to the lifesaving cancer treatment that they need. Well it really sounds like the American Cancer Society locally has a lot of events that are really based in fund you know it's it's. It's relay is and it's the scavenger hunts and that's really fun stuff to volunteer for. Well and we know too that people. You know people want to support a good cause we know that but people also want hey you know we also have a lot of time many more things they're busy we thought that a lot going on. We wanna have fun we wanna have an awesome experience and that's really what we're trying to create for our participants the mean. They're out there are supporting after raising money for they do get a least we can we can do it. Make sure they have not to experience with us and be good stewards of our donor dollar and making sure that we're doing good work with the money that they're raising 'cause we all know it's not it's not easy work. We appreciate everything that our volunteers than an hour participants do for a. A little bit of time we have to call let's talk about the than you do coasts Pacific city how can people get signed a boy and is it where is it what is it give me all the details. Oh my god so many. Well when it day it is Mayfair. Keane bird the charity team that must be registered by April and so that's. You know very tight turnaround time and does anyone then you sit out there listening please get in touch with me. As soon as possible. You do you I mean can I get my phone number out dessert well okay and that you can email me my email is Nicole and I CO LE. Dot low road LE a RO add to eat at cancer dot org you can also call my number 503795393. I'm you can Holler 1800 number and they'll be able to find me you can find at unsafe but we've got umpire or against southwest Washington American Cancer Society page. You can reach us through that we've got an event posted fourth because specific city charity athlete. That page so you can find information there lots of ways to get to me felt like if that give me a call immediately it would love to get cute guys signed up. I'm like an answer any other questions. Help folks with again fundraising coaching. Welcome my Mitt and Gary may fifth. Call me to sign up. He's selling you know everything that's going on here the dirtier the delta talked to. I am jealous talk but I don't know what I'm talking about Alley there act like a deal or all go by. I. Gotta love that. That only goal is doing great thanks for all of this information. Gary thinking so much prayer you know getting. Planning at this have a time to get that information out there that it is valuable and I can't thank you enough red meat very appreciated. We've been talking today with Nicole rows of the American Cancer Society here in Portland takes a mile zone call. Thanks seven Uday. May microscope is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you're involved with a nonprofit public affairs organization or do you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. This is metro still PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website and submit your information there. Thanks for listening to metals go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.