LIVESTRONG Leaders are individuals that make a yearly significant commitment to those in their community affected by cancer by spreading the message of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. They do this by fundraising, hosting events, bringing LIVESTRONG Foundation resources to their local hospitals and more. One of our amazing leaders from Pennsylvania, Cassandra Hougue, talks about why she is involved with LIVESTRONG and what she is doing in her community to help spread the LIVESTRONG Foundation message.
What does LIVESTRONG mean to you?
To me LIVESTRONG is inspiring cancer survivors and their families to live every day as fully as possible.
What are you doing in your community?
I started off this year with helping out on an all afternoon “music fundraiser” for the Foundation. It was a fun event, with 5 different local bands, and they raised about $500. I had a chance to meet lots of new people, which is one thing that I really enjoy. In February, I was able to attend the LIVESTRONG Assembly. As this is only my second year as a Leader, I was happily anticipating more good training and networking. I wasn’t disappointed! The Foundation excels at providing their volunteers with good tools, and focused training in practical areas.
I am focusing my efforts this year on promoting the Foundation’s navigation services.
To that end, I am working to identify “like partners” that could readily disseminate information about the services to the target population. I just met with the social workers at a regional
county medical services clinic. They were genuinely interested in the offerings, and
the wealth of support tools from the Foundation. One of them said, “this is great that you
could take an hour to educate us. I just don’t have the time to do all that research myself,
and I didn’t know how much LIVESTRONG offered”.
I plan to meet with two other regional social services networks, our local veterans hospital, and a small local independent hospital here where I live in southeastern Pennsylvania. I plan to identify similar opportunities in the rural area of south western Pennsylvania, which is where I grew up. It is another under-served region that may not know of the Foundation’s navigation services. For the 6th consecutive year, I will be walking, cycling and volunteering at the Philly Team LIVESTRONG Challenge, in late August. My survivor sister has been able to walk and volunteer too over the last 2 years, so it is a very happy event for us. My goal this year is to bring 5 new participants to the event, as well as raise as much money as I can!