American Cancer Society Seeks Volunteers to Play Critical Role in its Cancer-Fighting Mission

March 31, 2016

English and Bilingual Spanish Speaking Volunteers needed to support programs for cancer patients

The American Cancer Society, the leading organization dedicated to freeing the world from the pain and suffering of cancer, is seeking English and bilingual Spanish speaking volunteers to make a positive difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families in Taos.

More than two and a half million volunteers and supporters across the country help the American Cancer Society work to achieve its life-saving mission. Volunteers in Taos are needed to help cancer patients in a variety of roles, efforts and programs including:

Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society service program that provides transportation for cancer patients to their potentially lifesaving cancer treatments and home again. Volunteer drivers from the community donate their automobiles, gas, and time to assist area cancer patients. There are currently only five Road to Recovery drivers in Taos.

Cancer patients needing a ride to their treatments or cancer-related appointments can request by calling 800.227.2345.

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB)

Look Good Feel Better is a free program that teaches female cancer patients how to cope with appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The program is taught by licensed and trained cosmetologists to help restore appearance and self-esteem through the use of skincare and makeup products, wigs, scarves, and other accessories.

In addition to teaching beauty techniques, LGFB sessions teach women how to properly care for their skin and nails during cancer treatment. LGFB is a partnership of the American Cancer Society, National Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and participants receive a free bag of makeup matched to their skin tone from leading cosmetic companies (salon quality, brand neutral) valued at $250.

In Taos, LGFB takes place at Holy Cross Hospital’s Cancer Support Services Program (413 Sipapu, Taos, NM 87571) every fourth Thursday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To register, call 575.751.8927.

Holy Cross Hospital’s Cancer Support Services recently teamed up with American Cancer Society to help bring these two great programs to Taos.  “Getting to treatment is one of the most difficult pieces to navigate and pull together for cancer patients living in Taos and the surrounding area,” said Jason Pfeifer, Coordinator for the Taos Cancer Support Services. “ We are excited about being able to not only help assist our patients by providing assistance with paying for gas, but to be able to find rides for them when  they are unable to.

A current client of Taos Cancer Support Services said "I am so excited to hear that the Look Good Feel Better program is being brought to Taos.  During my journey with Triple Negative breast cancer I was able to take part in this program, but, I had to travel to Albuquerque. This program made me feel, whole and beautiful again. I am So happy for those that will be able to benefit locally."

“Volunteers are the backbone of the American Cancer Society,” said Shirelle Besse, mission delivery specialist for the American Cancer Society. “Since our organization’s inception more than 100 years ago, volunteers have been crucially important in making the American Cancer Society the strongest and most effective voluntary health agency in the world today. Volunteers impact the community in ways that could not be done without their personal commitment.”

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 14 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States.

For more information on how to volunteer with the American Cancer Society, call toll free 1-800-227-2345 or visit

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more.

For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

About Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Support Services Program?

Cancer Support Services, a program of Holy Cross Hospital, offers non-clinical support that improves the quality-of-life for people with cancer and their families. We link people experiencing cancer with trusted local businesses to help meet basic needs, ease stress, and promote healing. Every client receives navigation to additional resources and services statewide. We serve all area residents from Taos and Western Colfax counties early in their diagnosis up to a year after their last treatment. Last year the program served 120 new families and works with an average of 22 existing patients per month. The program is funded in large part by our For The Health Of It 5k/10k fun run and walk event on June 11, 2016 and Paint Taos Pink in October.

For more information on services, volunteer opportunities, event participation or to download an application call 575-751-8927 or visit our website.