Play video image of Natsumi Fukuoka with a microphone in front of screen

Natsumi Fukuoka and a team of IBM volunteers are helping cancer patients share their experiences—bringing people together in difficult times.

Play video image of Natsumi Fukuoka with a microphone in front of screen

Natsumi Fukuoka and a team of IBM volunteers are helping cancer patients share their experiences—bringing people together in difficult times.

A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating—so talking openly about it with others can be very difficult and intensely personal.

Yet that is exactly what Natsumi Fukuoka, a marketing campaign manager in Japan, does in this video .

She and a team of IBM volunteers are working with GanNote—a local not-for-profit—to collect and share the stories of cancer patients so other patients and loved ones can find comfort, hope and strength in the shared experience. There is also benefit to the patients who vocalize their feelings.

GanNote and the IBM volunteers received a 2018 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award for their work.

Watch the video to hear Natsumi-san speak about her personal experiences with cancer and the work the IBM team is doing with GanNote.


The volunteers from IBM Japan are among 15 IBM teams and individuals who are recipients of the fourteenth annual IBM Volunteer Excellence Award. The award is recognition from IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty and is the highest form of global volunteer recognition given by the company to employees. It includes an IBM grant for the associated not-for-profit partner or school.

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