The American Cancer Society recently presented Roger Medeiros, of Braintree, with its Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award.
The award is the most honored accolade by the Society in New England and recognizes Medeiros’ accomplishments in support of the society’s mission to celebrate and save lives and to lead the fight for a world without cancer.
Medeiros was drawn to the American Cancer Society 11 years ago after his wife died from cancer. Since then, he has served as a volunteer driver for the Road To Recovery transportation program in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. He also volunteers as a shuttle bus driver for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Boston, as a backup van driver for the Boston Hope Lodge and as a support and gear vehicle driver for Bicycles Battling Cancer. Medeiros has given more than 1,500 rides to treatment; some years driving more than 10,000 miles total. In addition, he volunteers his time in the society’s Framingham office verifying cancer resources for the organization’s Cancer Resources Connection.
Medeiros was honored for always putting the patient first.
“As the largest voluntary health organization in the world, volunteers are the engine of the American Cancer Society, and Roger exemplifies that,” said Michele Dilley, program manager for mission delivery at the American Cancer Society. “Roger was simply ‘looking for something to do’ when he retired that was both enjoyable and that made a difference. For more than a decade now, he has been an incredible and selfless volunteer. He has made a significant impact on the lives of so many cancer patients and caregivers. This is very personal for him, and we are very lucky he has directed so much of his time and energy towards our organization and the survivors we serve.”
The Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award is named in honor of the late Sandra C. Labaree, a longtime American Cancer Society volunteer from Maine. Each year, the local area board selects individuals to receive this honor whose service best exemplifies the society’s organizational values of mission, stewardship, diversity, data-driven and respect.
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