June Member of the Month
June 29, 2012

We want to congratulate Whitney Swieter for all of the work she does for the NCPC and her organization, the American Cancer Society and Cancer Action Network.  ACS/CAN promotes and supports policies that benefit cancer control and prevention on all levels, local, state and national, through a grassroots network of volunteers.  In regards to NCPC Whitney has volunteered on our Policy Change/Environmental Changes and Chronic Disease Sub Committees.  Whitney has also participated with many NCPC events like donating gifts at our 2011 Elf Shop.

Whitney, along with ACS/CAN volunteers, worked hard on the 2nd Annual Harmony, Hops and Hope, a beer tasting and music event, to raise money for ACS/CAN.  They raised roughly $18,000 on May 19th.  In March, Whitney and other ACS/CAN volunteers traveled to Cheyenne for the Wyoming 2012 Legislative Budget Session and asked Wyoming Legislators to make cancer a top priority.

Whitney expressed her joy with this trip, “Thanks in part to the volunteers’ efforts, our State legislators continued funding for County Cancer Resource Coordinator Grants and the Wyoming Tobacco Use Prevention Grants.”

These grants employ people in Wyoming to solely educate the community about cancer prevention efforts.  Whitney also explained how volunteers also encouraged legislators to continue funding for the Wyoming Cancer Control Act which focuses on cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, quality of life and childhood cancer.

The ACS/CAN is always moving and planning ahead for future educational and fundraising opportunities. Their annual fundraiser Harmony, Hops and Hope just ended but Whitney reports planning for next year will begin soon!  Currently, the Smokefree Natrona Coalition, which Whitney serves on, is working with the Casper City Council to pass a comprehensive smoke free ordinance in Casper.  Whitney and volunteers are also heading to Washington DC in September to ask our elected officials to maintain funding for cancer research.

I asked Whitney why she and the ACS/CAN participate with the NCPC and she reported, “I feel the NCPC focuses on the core needs in creating and maintaining a healthy community.  The network of volunteers who sit on the coalition represent a wide variety of interests and are the backbone for community health and sustainability.”

The NCPC staff want to thank Whitney for her continued support of our efforts and all that she does for our community.  Congratulations to her and all of the volunteers that help maintain ACS/CAN and continue to educate our community.

For more information on ACS/CAN or how you could volunteer please contact Whitney Swieter by email or 307-267-2098.