Angela Manzi was diagnosed with breast cancer just a year before her only daughter’s wedding. That momentous celebration looming in her near future turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it gave Angela purpose and a reason to fight. “I wanted to give my daughter a princess wedding, so I put my horrible chemo treatments, hair loss, and major mood swings aside and focused on giving her the best day ever.”

When she recovered and the excitement of the wedding had come and gone, Angela lost herself and became withdrawn. Two years ago she decided to volunteer for the American Cancer Society, and her saving grace is now reaching out to those who need assistance. Angela is a coordinator for the Road to Recovery program, and she arranges rides to medical appointments for patients who have no transportation. “They are so grateful for the help. I want to make people feel better and bring light to their life…It’s very rewarding.”

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Though they are just a voice on the phone, Angela bonds with the women and men who call in to the program and stays in touch for the duration. They form lasting friendships because of the unique experience they are able to share. “I want to tell them how much they mean to me, and I’m glad we are a part of each other’s lives. I love them all.”

Angela has found her way, as she discovered that getting involved and helping others cope is a “natural high.”