Posted on Feb 16, 2018
The American Cancer Society: Helping in ways most needed
It would be hard to find a single one of us not impacted personally by the ravages of cancer. Perhaps that is one reason why Friday’s presentation by Angie Coulter of the American Cancer Society hit home for so many of us. Her riveting story about her husband’s cancer was a testament to her love for him as well as a recognition of the help their family received from the American Cancer Society (ACS).
 
She explained how an innocuous growth on her husband’s face was initially considered non-threatening. Because of the tenacity of their doctors, it was discovered months later that the cancer had spread through his primary organs. His life was in danger, and so the treatments began.
 
Because the treatments were only available in Seattle, the family would travel from the Olympic Peninsula several days a week for 20-minute sessions, but friends and volunteers from the ACS were at the ready, nearly fighting over a chance to take them. A subsequent service offered through ACS, the provision of a hotel room near the treatment center, would have been a great relief to this family, Angie said. 
Another practical help was an organizer that Angie could use to keep track of paperwork, schedules, treatment details, prescriptions and many other details. Angie saw keeping track of all these areas as one of her jobs and her husband’s job was “to fight for his life”. His ultimate passing, through donation of his body to the University of Washington, saved the lives of others.
 
You can support the American Cancer Society by attending their poignant Relays for Life in Pendergast Park on June 23 and 24 or a smaller, more casual event on the Poulsbo Waterfront on July 14 or learn more at cancer.org