Pennsylvania State Lead Ambassador
Marina is a long-time, two-time breast cancer survivor, having first been diagnosed when her children were 3 and 5 years old. Her experiences as a patient and mother have made her passionate about those faced with cancer. She began to volunteer with the American Cancer Society in 2003 and has been a volunteer Lead Ambassador with ACS CAN since 2006. In her professional life, she is marking her 18th year working at the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Pittsburgh, UPMC Hillman Center, where she is a Patient Navigation Services Coordinator and Manager of the Cancer Center's Resource Center.
Why is being an ACS CAN volunteer important to you?
Volunteering with ACS CAN is important to me because I want to improve the quality of life of those who are diagnosed, ensuring that everyone has access to care. I also want to prevent others from getting cancer.
Why should others in your community get involved with ACS CAN?
It is a privilege to help cancer patients and their families to have the unique opportunity to be a strong voice through ACS CAN. When one sees that change for the better can happen, and that you might have made a difference in someone's life, there is nothing more rewarding! And that just makes me want to fight even harder!
Want to join me in the fight against cancer? Fill out this form to sign up to be an ACS CAN volunteer in Pennslyvania.