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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure – Tulsa

When: 9/13 – 9/16

Race for the Cure in Tulsa needs volunteers to help in all sorts of jobs! For more information, or to sign up, follow this link: http://www.komentulsa.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/volunteer/

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Relay for Life Needs Volunteers (Payne County)

Payne Co. Relay for Life needs 10-15 dependable volunteers August 19, 2011 to help set up the event 12 noon – 5 or 6 p.m.  We need your name and hours you can serve. Relay contact is Joe Toth with Stillwater Newspress, 372-5000, x286.
If interested call Joyce Montgomery at 405.744.5145 at the Service Learning Volunteer Center to register as a volunteer for the event. 

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Free Zoo Tickets for Blood Donors

FEEL STRONG this summer by donating blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute!
You’ll receive a voucher for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a T-shirt and the satisfaction of knowing you saved three lives with your donation.
Photo ID Required.
Now through August, you can support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by forgoing the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving blood. In turn, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary contribution of similar value to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Smile for a Day: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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Have you ever considered asking the tooth fairy for a donation? That’s exactly what Audrey Liles did while participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s School & Youth Program – Pennies for Patients.
When I heard about this, it reminded me just how powerful children can be. I’m enclosing the note sent to us from Jennifer Liles, Audrey’s mom.
This is the 2nd year my daughter has participated in “Pennies for Patients” at her elementary school, Piney Point Elementary School, Tall Timbers, MD. Today she brought home the information and emptied her piggy bank to fill up the box for the LLS program. My daughter just turned seven and is in the 1st grade.
After dinner she asked me for a blank piece of paper to write a letter to the tooth fairy and asked me not to look. When she got done this is what she had written:
(I have not edited grammar or spelling)
Dear tooth fairy we are having a thing at school called Make change beat cancer. We have to send money to the school and donate to other people that don’t have the money to buy the medicine for there sick kids. So I was thinking you could come to my house tonight and leave me money so I can bring it to school. Love, Audrey Liles
This made my heart melt and I really felt the need to share it with you. Thank you, Jennifer Liles (Audrey’s Mom)
We’re always amazed at the impact children are making on the lives of patients with cancer. This year alone, more than 15 million students raised $26 million through our School & Youth Programs to help beat cancer. We are grateful for people like Audrey, her mom Jennifer, and for all tooth fairies.
Your support makes a difference.
For more information about LLS’s vital work, visit www.lls.org.
Wishing you the best of health,

John E. Walter
President & CEO

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Coaches vs. Cancer


OSU Coaches vs. Cancer needs volunteers to help during the OSU men’s basketball game this Saturday, February 26, at 12:30 pm.

The game has been designated as SWISH Day, which is the program’s largest fundraiser.  Four children currently battling cancer will be introduced prior to the game and during the first time out, buckets will be passed throughout the arena to collect donations. All proceeds raised during this event will go to the American Cancer Society and all money stays in the state of Oklahoma to fund research, education, and patient services.  

Get involved!

For more information, or to help with this event, please email Mindy.Walthall@okstate.edu.  You must have a ticket to attend the game.  

The OSU Coaches vs Cancer program currently ranks first in the Big 12 and in the top 10 nationally.

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Daffodil Days to support cancer research awareness

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*Article courtesy of OSU Communications*

Oklahoma State University, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, will be selling daffodils through Feb. 23 as part of the annual Daffodil Days to support cancer research awareness.

For a donation of $10, a bouquet of fresh-cut daffodils can be sent to someone special to support the fight against cancer.

Joyce Montgomery, OSU coordinator for the Service-Learning Volunteer Center, is serving as chair of the OSU 2011 Daffodil Days campaign.

“I encourage everyone to help paint the OSU community yellow with daffodils this spring to represent our commitment to preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from the disease,” said Montgomery. “We all have the power to make a difference for those facing cancer and their families. By giving daffodils, we are actually sharing the hope of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

An important part of Daffodil Days is the Gift of Hope – a bouquet of 10 daffodil stems in a vase, delivered anonymously to cancer patients within the community.

Montgomery will coordinate all activities regarding the ordering and delivery of daffodils at OSU. In addition to daffodil bouquets, Sunshine Bouquets ($15), and Bear and a Bunch ($25) are available.

A special part of this year’s Daffodil Days, Liv N. Hope, is a limited-edition Boyds® by Enesco® bear designed exclusively for the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days Bear and a Bunch™. The bear is available for a donation of $25 and comes with a bouquet of 10 daffodil stems.

The last day to place an order is Feb. 23, and orders are being taken in the OSU Service-Learning Volunteer Center or by phone at 744-5145. Daffodils and Bear and a Bunch products will be delivered March 10-11.

Money raised through Daffodil Days enables the American Cancer Society to offer free programs and services that save lives; help people stay well, prevent cancer or detect it early; be there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; find cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; rally lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight.

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Daffodils, Plunges & Valentines

*Articles Courtesy of Student Union Times, February 2011 edition.*


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Taking the First Step: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

*Message from John E. Walter, President & CEO of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society*

Today, I’m sharing a story from Jackie Fiore, a young woman who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) when she was a student at Boston College.

Being in my third year of college, most people would have thought that I was simply a “run down college student”. During my first semester back at school after a fun filled summer, I was having trouble getting out of bed, stopped attending many of my classes and was not taking part in the many fun college activities that I once had. I had thought I was just in somewhat of a mental depression, so I did not bother telling my parents how terrible I was really feeling. My mother’s instincts could sense that something was seriously wrong, though, so over Christmas break she insisted that I see my doctor.

A few days after being back at college, I received a phone call from my mother telling me that my doctor had called with the results of my blood tests and he explained that my white blood cell count was low. Unfortunately, it wasn’t clear yet that there was something wrong with me, so it took several months, blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy before I would find out that I had AML.

In just a few days I was at the hospital receiving high doses of chemotherapy. I was so scared, but there was no doubt in my mind that I wasn’t going to fight off this disease. It was so hard for me to go through such a long, harsh journey at the young age of 21. If it weren’t for the support of my family and friends, I would have had a very rough time making it through. Another very hard part for me was the loss of my hair. Physically, I felt very vulnerable. I fought my mother on the idea of a wig, but when I found the right one and took my mom’s advice, emotionally, it saved me. I could walk out of my house and not feel like a “cancer patient”.

I have now been in remission for four years and one month, and I feel wonderful! I recently moved into my own apartment with two friends that is a quick walk from the beach, and I am receiving my Masters in Elementary and Special Education. I am also giving back as much as I can. I found out about Team In Training in January of 2009 when I was in Disney World and saw Team In Training everywhere at my hotel and during their race through all the parks. As soon as I got back from my trip, I looked up information about it and soon registered for the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Since then I have become even more involved with LLS by walking and fundraising for Light The Night Walk, and I have been mentoring a 22-year-old girl recently diagnosed with cancer as part of the First Connection program.

During my whole experience as a cancer patient, I reminded myself of an inspirational quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. that I hope will be just as helpful to anyone facing a similar situation: Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Your support makes a difference. For more information about LLS’s vital work, visit www.LLS.org .

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Volunteer: Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center

The entire staff of The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center is committed to providing patients the highest level of compassionate care, but they can’t do it alone.  It takes smiling faces, happy words, and cheerful hallways.  It takes a toy from the Toy Cart, a bingo game, or a movie party. It takes wonderful stories and art activities. It takes volunteers – and that’s where you come in!  

Here at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, we have many volunteer opportunities.  Our volunteers focus on one simple idea – that the children at the hospital are children first, and patients second.  To help decide which volunteer opportunity is the best match for you, we give you the opportunity to consider your interests, your working style, your special talents, and the hours you will be available. Volunteer opportunities are available in both direct-care areas and support areas as well.  

Volunteer Opportunities In The Hospital

Neonatal Intensive Care Cuddlers provide special care to newborns through rocking and the power of a soft touch.  Volunteers must be at least 25 years of age.  

Patient Pals help meet the social and emotional needs of the hospitalized child using free play, arts and crafts, games, and stories in a one-on-one or group setting.  

Ronald McDonald House Family Room provides families a home away from home during the day.  This area offers laundry and kitchen facilities, as well as sleep rooms. Volunteers help maintain the area, and provide families with information regarding the use of the area.  

Surgery Waiting Area volunteers provide information to families while a child is experiencing a surgical procedure 

Wayfinding volunteers provide needed support to families.  

Wishing Well Gift Shop volunteers help visitors select from a multitude of items, and all proceeds from the Gift Shop benefit the projects of the volunteer auxiliary.  

Volunteers Opportunities Outside the Hospital

Stitch of Love Sewers provide booties, blankets, small pillows, and treatment dolls for patients. 


Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and willing to commit to volunteering three hours a week for twelve months. A Junior Volunteer program is available during the summer for those 14-18 years of age.  

All applicants are required to participate in an individual interview. Applicants accepted into the volunteer program must attend an orientation session to prepare them for their volunteer position. New volunteers must also complete a health screening process, the photo ID procedure, and pass a background check.  All requirements are provided by the hospital at no cost to the volunteer.  Volunteers are asked to make a twelve month commitment to their program.            

Ready to start? Contact us to receive a volunteer application. 

The Children’s Hopsital Volunteer Services

1200 Everett Drive, Oklahoma City, OK  73104       


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Ice Cream Benefits Relay for Life

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