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Mission Statement

ICAN seeks to accelerate the anticancer drug pipeline, from lab to patient, through our unique Program Services including patient advocacy and clinical trials programs--working with oncologists and cancer researchers on drug discovery and drug development initiatives that will ultimately benefit Stage IV patients. We need smart, highly motivated, and friendly volunteers interested in joining our Research, Graphic Design and Web Development departments, and public policy and legislative affairs areas. ICAN has received the "Top Rated Health Care Nonprofit Award" each year since the founding of Great Nonprofits. ICAN is Platinum rated for accountability and transparency on GuideStar--the highest rating.


ICAN is proud of our effective board governance and our highly acclaimed special events. We are also extremely proud of our 24/7/365 Program Services staff, our volunteers who span 17 time zones, as well as our energized boards and councils. ICAN is truly making a difference in the War on Cancer on multiple levels. ICAN's staff, led by our CEO Marcia Horn, a former commercial litigator and appellate lawyer, looks forward to working with you and will do everything possible to make sure that your time is used wisely. We highly value your volunteer commitment of whatever time you wish to devote to our vitally important mission and strategic vision. We attract exceptionally talented undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, and medical students, hard-working stay-at-home moms, dads, and grandparents, and professionals from every career imaginable--whether currently employed or having been laid off yet still wanting to devote productive hours to a great cause such as ICAN. Our volunteer slots are virtual and unpaid, meaning you work from your own home or office.




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Average Review 36 reviews

Would you recommend ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network?

by Elaine H. from Arcadia, CA (July 1, 2011)
ICAN is a very supportive and philanthropic organization. As a volunteer, I've grown as a student and as a person when it comes to cancer advocacy and even in scientific knowledge. Volunteering for the research project really is rewarding, and it's nice to see that the supervisors and executives really appreciate their volunteers and are always looking to improve their organization!
by DEBBIE S. from AZ (September 3, 2009)
I've been working on inputting contacts into a MS Access database. A simple input form is already set up in a file which ICAN provides to you, and the contact sources come from various forms of information (such as the Phoenix Business Journal) which ICAN also provides. The inputting couldn't be more straightforward to do: for example you'd enter an individual (person) contact's last name in the "Last" box on the form, or the name of a business in the "Mail Organization" box on the form. If I ever have any questions about how to enter a particular contact, all I have to do is dash off an e-mail to Marcia Horn (ICAN's president and CEO) and/or Matt Thier (ICAN's Director of Database Operations) and either or both of them respond very quickly with an answer. Marcia and Matt are great to work with. They are very enthusiastic and appreciative of volunteer efforts. I give a wholehearted "thumbs up" to them and to volunteering for the ICAN organization.
by Jen S. (September 3, 2009)
This organization by far is one of the more energetic organizations I have found through volunteermatch.org They are willing to work with my busy schedule and help me fulfill my need to volunteer with them! I encourage anyone who is willing to commit to a few hours of volunteer work to volunteer with the International Cancer Advocacy Network!!!
by Malathi N. from Wilmette, IL (September 3, 2009)
I loved working with this organization. They are very organized and professional in assigning the projects. The description of the projects are very clear and easy to understand and helpful in completing the projects. I will surely recommend this organization to my friends and will work with them in future. Thank you
by Joni S. from Belleuve, WA (September 3, 2009)
Very well organized and communicative. The supervisors are friendly and receptive to questions, and it is for a profoundly important cause.