Thank You Volunteers
When I began my role with the Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance (LBCA) last summer, I was introduced to a group of like-minded individuals who saw a critical need for more information about invasive lobular breast cancer (ILC) and for more ILC research. This committed collection of volunteer patient advocates and scientists created the LBCA in 2017 in the hopes of filling these gaps in ILC knowledge and research.
Each year, National Volunteer Appreciation Week takes place in April, so this month we would like to pause and celebrate our volunteers. We thank our incredible LBCA volunteers, some of whom are still with us from that original group, and some who have joined us much more recently. It is only through their commitment to LBCA’s mission and the sharing of their time and individual talents that the LBCA can continue toward its vision of a world in which lobular breast cancer is found early, treated effectively, and eradicated permanently.
Our volunteers serve in a wide range of roles. Clinicians and researchers give their time serving as Scientific Advisory Board members. Others, many of whom who have been personally affected by ILC, passionately work to ensure up-to-date information about ILC is available to those looking for it, and that this information is communicated in multiple ways. Some volunteer share their own ILC story to ensure others do not feel alone and to raise visibility of ILC, and our newest group of volunteers will help in our fundraising efforts so that more of our goals can be accomplished. Whatever their role, the impact of our volunteers is felt.
On a personal note, interacting with LBCA volunteers is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I am inspired each day by how much has been accomplished through the efforts of LBCA’s volunteers and for all the future holds for our organization. On behalf of LBCA, we thank our volunteers for their continued drive and unwavering support.
COO and Volunteer Coordinator
Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance