Through the LIVESTRONG Leader program, we engage individuals across the globe who are passionate about and committed to making cancer a priority in their own community. LIVESTRONG Leaders are vital to the success of LIVESTRONG by helping raise awareness, recruit and engage others in the LIVESTRONG movement, fundraise and advocate to their elected officials at the local, national and global level. Below is an interview from LIVESTRONG Leader Eric Wenner from Southern New Jersey.
What does LIVESTRONG mean to me?
For me, LIVESTRONG means never quitting and living life to the fullest. LIVESTRONG is hope and inspiration; it is giving everything you have and then some. It?s being able to fight for those who can?t, giving energy to the weary, becoming a voice for the silent, providing a shoulder to cry on and being a friend that will always be at their side.
Why am I a leader?
I am a leader because I hate cancer. Cancer took away my mother-in-law 7 years ago and since then, I have been participating in various fundraising events. While at my first LIVESTRONG Challenge in Philadelphia back in ?08, I had the privilege to meet some special people, hear their stories and feel the incredible energy that surrounded the event. I was inspired to stand up and take action, I had to do more. The LIVESTRONG leader program has given me the opportunity to make a positive impact in my community.
What am I doing in the community?
I started our local Leader group ?South Jersey for LIVESTRONG? in 2008. We host a LIVESTRONG table at local community festivals and sporting events, support LIVESTRONG initiatives and fundraise for LIVESTRONG and other cancer organizations. We are working with other local leaders, volunteer groups and community non-profits to help spread the word about the LIVESTRONG mission and resources and we are empowering our neighbors to advocate change.