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Volunteers make the Relay for Life

Tomorrow marks the start of National Volunteer Week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many American Cancer Society volunteers here in Stevens County whom I’ve had the privilege to work with. There are no words that can possibly express the gratitude for all our volunteers do. They selflessly give their time and talents to make sure we end this disease. Everything the American Cancer Society is doing to end cancer is possible because of their dedication.

There is a special group of volunteers we call “Relayers.” They are the donors, sponsors, team members, team captains and committee members who contribute to our Relay For Life event each year. I especially appreciate the contributions of those on the planning committee who work year round to plan a truly inspiring and meaningful event for so many of their fellow community members. I hope you will join me in thanking them for all they do!

More than 100 years ago, the American Cancer Society was started by volunteers relentless in their desire to change the course of cancer’s history. Today, the American Cancer Society thanks its more than 3 million volunteers – including the many volunteers here in this community – each of whom is creating their own legacy of compassion and dedication toward the collective goal of finishing the fight against cancer.

During National Volunteer Week (April 6 to 12), I invite you to stand with the American Cancer Society  to continue that legacy. Whether driving cancer patients to and from treatment, leading a team at Relay For Life or advocating for change, your impact matters greatly. For information on local volunteer opportunities that can help save lives from cancer, visit or call 1-800-227-2345.

Kayla Hawkinson