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Mission Statement

International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN), www.askican.org, a cancer patient advocacy organization and 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Phoenix, Arizona, seeks to accelerate the anticancer drug pipeline, from lab to patient, through ICAN's Personalized Cancer Case Manangement Programs including cancer patient advocacy and clinical trials advocacy programs, and by working with oncologists and cancer researchers across the world on drug discovery and drug development initiatives that will ultimately benefit Stage IV cancer patients.

We have great need for smart, highly motivated, and collegial volunteers interested in joining our Research Services department, graphic design and web development departments, and public education and legislative affairs areas.

ICAN has received from Great Nonprofits the "Top Rated Health Care Nonprofit Award" each year since the founding of Great Nonprofits.

ICAN is Gold Seal rated for accountability and transparency on GuideStar.


International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN), www.askican.org, is a 501(c)(3) cancer charity, headquartered in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, with Friends of ICAN chapters in formation across the U.S. Please learn more about us at www.askican.org

Our Stage IV cancer patients--the niche within the War on Cancer that we serve--hail from all 50 states, all U.S. territories, and 53 countries.

ICAN was profiled in the December 12, 2011 edition of Newsweek magazine and was hailed by Pharmaceutical Executive magazine as a leading cancer patient advocacy organization.

We are proud of our effective board governance and our highly acclaimed special events such as the Jewels of the Sea Ball and the Liberty Mutual Invitational, the number one charity golf tournament in the country. We are also extremely proud of our 24/7/365 Program Services staff, our more than 1100 loyal volunteers spanning 17 time zones, and our energized boards and councils. ICAN is truly making a difference in the War on Cancer on multiple levels.

ICAN's senior 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. Our small staff and hard-working lay leadership highly value your volunteer commitment of whatever time you wish to devote to our vitally important mission and strategic vision.

No matter how much time you have to volunteer at ICAN, we will assign you something that is significant and worthwhile. We are known for the collegial spirit and tremendous camaraderie that we have among our volunteers and key volunteer staff.

We cannot sing the praises or tout the effectiveness of VolunteerMatch.org enough. With many hundreds of volunteers from VolunteerMatch.org alone serving in over 30 separate ICAN departments since 2009, we have been able to make a great deal of progress in many crucial areas and activities at ICAN that would have been impossible to make in the absence of VolunteerMatch's pool of exceptionally talented undergraduate, graduate, 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.

We also commit to you that if your first project with us is not a "good fit," we will work very hard to find you an area at ICAN where your talents and time can shine. Because of the large number of volunteers that we have to oversee, our only requirement on top of "trying your personal best" is to take on personal responsibility for contacting us in the event there is ever a lapse in communications or another problem. We have to count on you to help us make sure that your volunteer experience is first class, so we ask that you please do not let problems fester and that you bring them to our attention right away. We aren't mindreaders or clairvoyants--we need YOU to let us know if something is amiss!

At ICAN, we pride ourselves on our detailed and customized recommendation letters for volunteers who have been with us for at least six months, and we have a separate department solely devoted to recommendation letters for graduate schools and employers, verification of Academic Internship hours, verification of Community Service hours for students, and verification of court-ordered hours (civil cases only). If you have been unemployed for a long time or recently laid-off, we will make productive use of your time, and cancer patients far and wide will be the beneficiaries of the research or other volunteer work you do for us.

Many nonprofits have gone out of business during this very challenging time since many organizations have seen their donor base decimated. Yet ICAN has become even stronger over the past five years by virtue of VolunteerMatch volunteers who have become part of our Brain Trust and part of our nonprofit family.

We encourage all volunteers to sign up with us through VolunteerMatch or please email us volunteer@askican.org so that we can assign you to the appropriate area.

Our volunteer slots are virtual, meaning you work from your own home or office. All volunteer positions are of course unpaid positions. Unfortunately, we have no office space in which to accommodate you. We prefer handling everything via email and not by phone unless there is an urgent problem (given the high volume of phone calls that we receive).

You will find us tremendously dedicated to our mission, vision, values, and Program Services, and highly responsive.

We thank you for your time and hope that you will join us for a rewarding volunteer experience.

With sincere appreciation for your willingness to volunteer for a dynamic and unique cancer organization,

Sherry Weinstein, Chairman, Board of Trustees

Marcia K. Horn, President and CEO

Regina Marie Klopfer, Director of Research Services

Andy Young, Director of Human Resources




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Average Review 34 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.
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