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Meet Kimberlee Smith of American Cancer Society in Culver City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberlee Smith.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started as a volunteer in 2005 when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. We came to ACS to utilize the programs and services that they offered cancer patients. I volunteered for 9 years before I was full time staff in 2014. I lost many family members to cancer over the last decade my mother in 2007 and my grandmother who was a 35 year breast cancer survivor in 2016 to bone cancer. When my mother passed away she had 9 different cancers in her body and I vowed that day that my fight would continue so my kids and their kids would not have to hear the words you have cancer.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has been bumpy. Everyday I meet cancer survivors, caregivers and many others that share their story with me. Some stories have happy endings and some have an ending where there loved one did not win the war but they fought a great fight holding on to faith and love while battling such a deadly disease. My struggle is that not everyone knows what the American Cancer Society does for cancer patients going through treatment and for those that have completed treatment. I try to spread the word on a daily basis so people know that we are their umbrella we got you covered. Going through treatment is hard, finding help should me easy and that is what I want everyone to know that we are here when you need us 24/7 we never close.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the American Cancer Society story. Tell us more about the business.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. We offer patients rides to and from treatment, we have a hope lodge where patients can stay if they have to travel a distance for treatment. We fund researchers and have funded 47 Nobel peace prize winners,

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?

Pricing:

  • All programs & services is free to cancer survivors currently in treatment or those that completed treatment.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 5731 W. Slauson Ave. #200
    Culver City, CA 90230
  • Website: www.relayforlife.org
  • Phone: 310.348.0357
  • Email: kimberlee.smith@cancer.org

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