Below is the transcript of Gary's Update, emailed to all staff on Feb. 21, 2017. Watch the video here.
Hello everyone! I'm coming to you today from Atlanta as we're getting ready for our Global Headquarters participation in our local Relay For Life event. And I am delighted to share with you that this year I am serving as executive champion of that event.
Now, with me today I also have Sarah Grant and Joshua Menifee, who are serving as the volunteer and staff partners, and they're the ones who make the DeKalb Relay For Life event possible. They also are a terrific example of the strong volunteer-staff partnership that makes the American Cancer Society so successful.
Now, I understand you guys have some pretty innovative approaches you're taking this year, so how about sharing them with us?
Sure I will. Thank you very much for the opportunity to share this. In DeKalb county, we're reaching out to schools, churches, clubs – anywhere we can find people, we're trying to get them involved, because Relay is very important. So we're just doing the best we can to get as many people involved, to make this the largest Relay we've ever had. And Joshua has something to share as well.
I love it!
Absolutely. Thank you Miss Sarah, and thank you Gary. As Miss Sarah said, we're doing the very best we can to go into the community, asking them how we can best make this event relevant for them, in innovative and creative ways. We definitely plan to make this the best Relay yet.
Well I tell you, I love the excitement, the enthusiasm, and there's no doubt in my mind that it's going to be the best one yet. And as you said, it's all about relevance. You know what is relevant to our customers.
So as you kick off this the Relay season in your own communities, I would encourage you to "throw away the box," and focus on what's most relevant for your customers and for your communities.
Now, you know we all Relay for different reasons. I Relay because I'm a husband, I'm a dad, and I also want to see a world without cancer. And by working together and coming together in our communities, as we do with Relay, we can achieve that vision faster.
Now, the new American Cancer Society is leading this fight in exciting new ways, and certainly Relay For Life is a critical part of that – and you definitely are as well.
So there's no doubt in my mind that together, we can save lives, celebrate lives, and we will lead this fight for a world without cancer. Now I want to thank you for everything you're doing today and every day to make that possible.