Defining the word volunteer

vol·un·teer  [vol-uhn-teer]

1. a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking without pay
2. the life-blood of LLS
LLS volunteers come from all walks of life and with a myriad of interests. They selflessly give their time, energy,  expertise and financial support to help us reach patients and fund life-saving research. They lead and participate in our committees, raise funds, support and educate patients and the community, assist staff and oh, so much more!
This week, as part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we are celebrating our fantastic volunteers! Today, Wednesday and Friday, I plan to highlight some of the folks who help make it all happen to help illustrate just how much we have to be thankful for when it comes to our invaluable volunteers.
The LLS East Bay Support Group
This Berkley/Oakland patient and caregiver support group recently celebrated its 20th birthday! New and old support group members celebrated this milestone with our Patient Services team in March.
Gail Splaver
Distinguished oncology social worker Gail Splaver, founded the East Bay Support Group back in 1982 and has facilitated it for the past twenty years!
Nancee Hirano
Oncology nurse Nancee Hirano recently hit an 18-year milestone facilitating the East Bay Support Group with Gail. Nancee also sits on our Board of Trustees, supporting our chapter’s overall goals and objectives and providing input as a professional in our community.
Together, Gail and Nancee have made this support group one of our longest running programs. We cannot thank this dynamic duo enough for their time and dedication!



About Megan Kilkenny

LLS Sr. Director, Marketing Communication Team In Training Alum Three-time Nike Women's Half Marathon finisher
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