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Survivors and caregivers are Voices of Hope

They want to tell their story to help YOU!

Voices of Hope is a nationwide network of more than 200 highly engaged survivors and caregivers who are selected and trained to tell their cancer story to advance the ACS mission. They are highly visible models of personal victory over cancer and symbolize the courageous struggles of all cancer patients and caregivers. 

Through their stories, Voices of Hope offers inspiration to cancer survivors, caregivers, family, and friends, while encouraging involvement with the American Cancer Society’s fundraising events and other activities.

Anywhere where an engaging cancer story can help your work, we can be there. Here are a few examples of what a Voice of Hope can do: 

  • Speak live and in-person at local events, such as during a luminaria ceremony, gala keynote, or Lobby Day.
  • Assist with sponsorship asks
  • Assist with recruitment asks or presentations
  • Speak live or pre-record videos for social media, tailored to the engagement needed
  • Provide photos and written stories for articles or print collateral
  • Assist with asks to lawmakers
  • Provide a personal “thank you” to sponsors and donors
  • And more!  

Voices of Hope (formerly called Heroes of Hope) are great public speakers who have an engaging story to tell. Maybe it is a story about how they are a three-time breast cancer survivor whose life has been saved by a treatment funded by ACS, or how they lost their child to cancer and now fight for legislative changes in their memory, or how the Relay For Life community surrounded and lifted them up after a cancer diagnosis.  

When Voices are selected, they are already engaged and experienced with the American Cancer Society. Once selected, they go through additional training on how to craft their story for different audiences, as well as make sure they are familiar with our mission and event programs.  

You can get involved!

  • Help us find new Voices. Do you know a cancer survivor or caregiver who is a dynamite speaker with a great story to tell and active in the ACS community? Nominate them to be a Voice of Hope. Nominations are reviewed twice a year in January and July, followed by interviews, training, and induction into the program. We are especially looking for diverse Voices, Voices whose cancer story involves ACS in some way (stayed at a Hope Lodge, used Reach To Recovery, etc.), and Voices in some particular geographic regions, such as Michigan and Illinois.
  • Request a Voice of Hope. Let us know what you need and how we can help, and we will work together to get the perfect speaker for you. Even if we don’t have anyone in your immediate area, some of our Voices are willing to travel long distances and we are also available for remote and virtual engagements as well. 

Visit us today at Connect.RelayForLife.org/VoicesofHope for more information, as well as the forms needed to nominate a Voice of Hope or request a Voice for your engagement.  

Have questions? Feel free to reach out to Jennifer Braun on the United Event Support team, staff partner for the Voices of Hope program.


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