Rose Osborn, High Plains Division Volunteer; Alison Mitchell, International Affairs
On June 26-27, the Society joined more than 500 cancer patients and leaders of cancer nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to participate in a Latin American patient forum held in Bogota, Colombia. The forum provided an opportunity for these groups to discuss the importance of volunteerism and how to involve cancer patients in cancer advocacy and community activities. Rose Osborn, a Reach to Recovery® volunteer in the Society’s High Plains Division, and Alison Mitchell of the Society’s International Affairs department shared their cancer experiences. Cristina Parsons Perez, the Society’s manager of Latin America initiatives, delivered a presentation on volunteerism and the role of civil society in the fight against cancer. The forum was sponsored by Vivir, Colombia Saludable, and Roche Colombia.