When the American Cancer Society in Sarasota nominates community leaders to serve on its board of directors, members not only help expand efforts in fundraising and education but also deliver lifesaving programs and services. The American Cancer Society achieves its goals through its volunteers. In Florida they are 300,000 volunteers strong (800 volunteers for every one staff member) but continue to work toward a stronger community based volunteer infrastructure.
Across the county, the American Cancer Society has unlocked a workforce with multifaceted skills that can help carry out the mission of the organization. The Board of Directors is represented by a stellar group of volunteers who are business leaders charged with managing the largest volunteer organization in the county.
This summer, John Griffin, Vice Chair of the Board of The American Cancer Society in Sarasota and partner in the law firm, Griffin & Griffin, began his second term, after serving four years as a general member and Nominating/Volunteer Chair. He outlined four programs where the investment of human capital is necessary; education on prevention and early detection, patient services, research and advocacy efforts.
As an elder law attorney, Griffin’s role is to guide families carefully through the steps of estate planning. This expertise in preparation and planning for times when life can catch you unexpected is fundamental to the goals of the organization. “John Griffin has the perfect blend of experience, is a versatile and proven leader with a business savvy that is an invaluable asset”, according to Cynthia Dunlap, Area Executive Director of the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society.
“Serving as a member of the Board of Directors can be one of the most important, influential, and satisfying experiences. Every 30 seconds someone calls the American Cancer Society. It is a disease that touches almost all of us in some way,” according to Griffin.
To achieve a program of work to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest most treatable stages, the organization is directing its efforts towards a Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3). The third Cancer Prevention Study of the American Cancer Society will be enrolling participants at Making Strides event on October 20th from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. Study participants will be followed over time to update information via periodic, mailed surveys. Involvement in CPS-3 will help American Cancer Society researchers understand the causes of, and ultimately determine ways to prevent cancer.
“Our work is not done,” states Griffin.
In fields such as health, education and social welfare, the American Cancer Society does much to make this world a better place.
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