ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network



International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN), www.askican.org, is headquartered in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, with Friends of ICAN chapters in formation across the U.S.

Our Stage IV cancer patients--the niche within the War on Cancer that we serve--hail from all 50 states, all U.S. territories, and 47 countries.

ICAN was profiled in the December 12, 2011 edition of Newsweek magazine and was hailed by PharmaceuticalExecutive magazine as a leading cancer patient advocacy organization.

We are proud of our effective board governance and our highly acclaimed special events such as the Jewels of the Sea Ball and the Liberty Mutual Invitational, the number one charity golf tournament in the country (slated for October 12, 2012 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, in Scottsdale, Arizona). We are also extremely proud of our 24/7/365 Program Services staff, our over 700 loyal volunteers, and our energized boards and councils. ICAN is truly making a difference in the War on Cancer on multiple levels.

ICAN's senior staff, led by our CEO Marcia Horn who is a former commercial litigator and appellate lawyer, looks forward to working with you and will use your time wisely. Our staff and hard-working lay leadership highly value your volunteer commitment of whatever time you wish to devote to our intense mission and strategic vision.

No matter how much time you have to volunteer at ICAN, we will assign you something that is important and worthwhile. We are known for the collegial spirit and tremendous camaraderie that we have among our volunteers and staff.

We cannot sing the praises or tout the effectiveness of VolunteerMatch.org enough. With hundreds of volunteers from VolunteerMatch.org alone serving in over 40 separate ICAN departments since 2009, we have been able to make a great deal of progress in many crucial areas and activities at ICAN that would have been impossible to make in the absence of VolunteerMatch's pool of exceptionally talented undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, hard-working stay-at-home moms and dads, and professionals from every career imaginable--whether currently employed or having been sadly laid off and wanting to devote productive hours to a great cause such as ICAN.

We also commit to you that if your first project with us is not a "good fit," we will work very hard to find you an area at ICAN where your talents and time can shine. Because of the large number of volunteers that we have to handle, our only requirement on top of trying your personal best is to take on the responsibility of contacting us in the event there is a lapse in communications or another problem. We have to count on you to help us make sure that your volunteer experience is first class, so we ask that you please do not let problems fester and that you bring them to our attention right away.

At ICAN, we pride ourselves on our detailed and customized recommendation letters for volunteers who have been with us for at least six months, and we have a separate department solely devoted to recommendation letters for graduate schools and employers, verification of Academic Internship hours, verification of Community Service hours for students, and verification of court-ordered hours. If you have been unemployed for a long time or recently laid-off, we will make productive use of your time, and cancer patients far and wide will be the beneficiaries of the research or other volunteer work you do for us.

Many nonprofits have gone out of business during this very challenging time since many organizations have seen their donor base utterly decimated. Yet ICAN has become even stronger over the past two years by virtue of VolunteerMatch volunteers who have become part of our Brain Trust and part of our family.

We encourage all volunteers to sign up with us through VolunteerMatch or please email us volunteer@askican.org so that we can slot you into the appropriate area.

Our volunteer slots are virtual, unpaid positions that you perform from your own home. Unfortunately, we have no office space in which to accommodate you. We prefer handling everything via email and not by phone unless there is an urgent problem (given the high volume of phone calls that we receive).

You will find us tremendously dedicated to our mission, vision, values, and Program Services, and highly responsive.

We thank you for your time and hope that you will join us for a rewarding volunteer experience.

With sincere appreciation for your willingness to volunteer,

Sherry Weinstein, Chairman, Board of Trustees

Marcia K. Horn, President and CEO

Regina Marie Klopfer, Director of Research

Esraa Halim, Director of Human Resources

Mission: International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN), www.askican.org, seeks to accelerate the anticancer drug pipeline, from lab to patient, through lobbying, Personalized Cancer Case Manangement Programs including cancer patient advocacy and clinical trials advocacy programs, and by working with oncologists and cancer researchers across the world on drug discovery and drug development initiatives that will ultimately benefit Stage IV cancer patients.
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