American Cancer Society honors Scottsdale volunteer Bob Teetsel

1210Ns News Story (Bob) FOR WEBThe American Cancer Society is the world’s largest, volunteer led health organization, and this week said goodbye to one of their longest volunteers in Arizona.

Scottsdale resident and American Cancer Society volunteer Bob Teetsel retired from the organization after 25 years of service and helping hundreds of cancer patients and their families, according to a press release.

Mr. Teetsel initially got involved with the American Cancer Society through his niece who was a staff member at the time, and resolved to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.

In the last 25 years, Mr. Teetsel was the first person that many people reached when they contacted the Society’s Phoenix office.

He started his volunteer work as a specialist on the Information Line (now the National Cancer Information Center based out of Texas and available to cancer patients 24-7, 365 days a year), and then went into patient services.

Bob Teetsel retirement 3. FOR WEBRecently, Mr. Teetsel’s face and smile was the first cancer patients, survivors, and their families saw when they entered the wig closet at the American Cancer Society office to receive information and resources to help them in their fight against cancer.

When he first started volunteering, he had not been personally affected by cancer and was merely giving back because he felt it was the right thing to do.

Ten years after he started helping cancer patients and their families at the American Cancer Society, Bob’s first wife was diagnosed and later passed away from lymphoma.

That personal and shared connection with others facing cancer and their loved ones was what drove him to continue to volunteer. When asked at a special retirement luncheon thrown in his honor about the best part about volunteering for the American Cancer Society, he didn’t hesitate to respond, “it’s working with the people here. Like-minded, compassionate people.”

Volunteers are the backbone of the American Cancer Society.

Since the Society’s inception more than 100 years ago, volunteers have been crucially important in making the American Cancer Society the strongest and most effective voluntary health agency in the world today.

Volunteers impact the community in ways that could not be done without their personal commitment. The Society is driven by compassionate, selfless, and dedicated volunteers, like Bob, who provide innumerable hours of service and mentoring to cancer patients, survivors, and community members.

More than three million volunteers and supporters across the country help the American Cancer Society work to achieve its life-saving mission.

Call 1-800-227-2345.

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