Connecticut State Lead Ambassador
Linda has been involved with ACS CAN since 2019 and is a retired lawyer from West Hartford, Connecticut.
Why is being an ACS CAN volunteer important to you?
As a two time survivor of breast cancer, I have learned that many of the most important decisions about cancer aren't made in a doctor's office, but are made by our state legislature, in Congress and in the White House. These decisions impact who will receive an early cancer diagnosis, as well as who will receive the treatment and medication they need. The volunteers at ACS CAN advocate for lawmakers to make the eradication of cancer (as well as the support of cancer patients and their families) a priority, and hold them accountable for their words and actions. I am an avid hiker and I always try to leave a trail I hike a little bit better than how I found it; ACS CAN is allowing me to do the same for cancer patients as I advocate for laws that will allow for a better chance of full recovery to those who are following me down the path of a cancer diagnosis.
What is your favorite memory from your time as an ACS CAN volunteer?
I have so many fond memories of working and celebrating with our small but mighty Connecticut ACS CAN team - they are an amazing group! But my favorite memories are those times when I know that my in person testimony on a bill has resonated with a lawmaker, and made them understand how the bill's passage will help prevent cancer or will provide necessary testing or treatment for cancer patients. One small victory at a time will lead to reduced death and suffering from cancer and I am honored to participate in the fight.
What is a fun fact about Connecticut?
Although Connecticut is the third smallest state in the country it is ranked fourth in the nation for percentage of state and national park coverage!
Want to join me in the fight against cancer? Fill out this form to sign up to be an ACS CAN volunteer in Connecticut.