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Thank you to our amazing volunteers!

Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. From the volunteers who support our day-to-day activities in offices across the country, to our tireless Relay For Life and CIBC Run for the Cure committee members and event day volunteers, to Daffodil pin sellers who are storming the streets this April, we would not be leading the fight against cancer without you!

April 23-29th is National Volunteer Week and we would like extend our heartfelt gratitude for our volunteers’ commitment to the Canadian Cancer Society.

For many of our volunteers, like 19-year-old Jordyn Kurucz, the fight against cancer is deeply personal.

After feeling unwell for a few days, 18-year old Jordyn visited his local walk-in clinic. The doctor directed him to the hospital immediately. After 2 days of testing, Jordyn received news he never imagined. He had Burkitt lymphoma, and even more shockingly needed treatment immediately, without which he was given 1 week to live.

The next year was a blur for Jordyn, but after 4 rounds of chemotherapy and many months spent in hospital, Jordyn was given the all clear. He was cancer-free.

As part of his healing process, he decided to walk the Survivor’s Lap at Relay For Life. “It was such a powerful experience,” he says. “The feeling of community with the other survivors is unforgettable and made me want to get more involved.”

Jordyn is now on the Relay For Life committee for his hometown event and has rallied his family, friends and neighbours to join him and help him fundraise. Not only that, Jordyn has also gotten involved as a Youth Take Action volunteer to help ensure that every Canadian has access to take home cancer drugs.

“When I was going through my treatment, I had to inject a vial of medication to support my immune system once a day. Each vial was $300. We couldn’t have afforded to pay out-of-pocket for that drug,” he says.

“Not all provinces currently cover take home cancer drugs, but I know from experience that the easier it is to focus on yourself and your recovery, the better it is. I just want to do my part to remove barriers to that recovery.”

Jordyn knows better than most that cancer changes everything. But when we work together, so can we. Thank you to our incredible volunteers who are creating a future where no Canadian will fear cancer.

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please click here to learn more.