Helping Hands, April 10, 2013

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Betty Ruth Herdman is a local community manager for the American Cancer Society.

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Betty Ruth Herdman
Local community manager for the American Cancer Society
Native of Brunswick, Ga.
Murrells Inlet resident
Worked for ACS 20 years ago in
Waycross, Ga. and Atlanta, Ga.
Formerly in retail sales, mobile
home sales in Columbus, Ohio

Why did you want to work with the American Cancer Society again after 20 years?

I love being able to help cancer survivors and their families. I have a real passion for it.
And the ACS is the largest funder for cancer research other than the government.
Hearing people say that ACS programs have helped them through a very difficult time in their lives warms my heart.
I see the results that show how important ACS is and how it helps people.

What are your responsibilities as a community manager?
I help cancer patients and families find ACS programs that can help them and I train volunteers to facilitate ACS programs.
I am very proud of all the programs available to people from the ACS.
I am also helping to get the word out about the upcoming Relay for Life events in Georgetown County.
What kinds of programs are offered by the ACS?
We have Look Good, Feel Better program that helps women going through cancer treatments by providing high quality cosmetic products and lessons on how to use them. They include make-up, wigs, scarves and more. The women can also talk with a counselor.
We have a hotline open to anyone 24/7 for questions about cancer, or if people need a caring, trained professional to talk with about concerns.
They can also get a list of questions to ask their doctor about cancer.
That number is 1-800-227-2345. For our other programs, people can visit www.cancer.org.

Can you tell me about the Relay for Life events?

In Georgetown County, we have a Relay for Life event for Georgetown and Pawleys Island on April 26 and 27 at the Georgetown High School football field.
That event will start at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m.
On May 17 and 18 there will be one at Andrews High School football field.
That event will be from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. this year.
We hold most events all night to symbolize the struggles a cancer survivor goes through, living in darkness and finally reaching the light of day.
The relay begins with a survivor lap and continues with one person from each team on the track.
For information or to sign up a team, people can visit relayforlife.org, or call me at 843-504-6115.

Can you tell me about your family?
My husband, Vaughn, is a retired service engineer who works in the produce department at Piggly Wiggly in Murrells Inlet.
Hes also treasurer for the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.
We have five children, Eric, Marc, Paul, Melanie and Christa; and eight grandchildren.

as told to
Clayton Stairs

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