The American Cancer Society is working every day to save lives and get closer to a world with more birthdays. This year, 11 million cancer survivors in the United States will celebrate another birthday, thanks to the progress the Society has made. You and your family and friends can join the movement to create a world with more birthdays by helping your American Cancer Society save lives.
Together with millions of volunteers, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Every day, there are opportunities for people, like you, to make a meaningful difference.
Consider giving a cancer patient a ride to chemotherapy. Put together a team for your local American Cancer Society Relay For Life or send an e-mail to family and friends about our cancer screening guidelines. Contact your elected officials to advocate for legislation that fights cancer. Help further the Society's research efforts by enrolling in Cancer Prevention Study-3, one of the nation's largest studies to better understand what causes or prevents cancer. These are all ways you can get involved in the Society's lifesaving mission. Many volunteers with the American Cancer Society work in support of programs centered on the Society's top priorities and provide valuable services to people who need our help.
The American Cancer Society began its research program in 1946 and has since devoted more than $3.5 billion to lifesaving cancer research, establishing the Society as the nation's largest nongovernmental source of cancer research funds. The Society is currently supporting 935 grants at leading medical schools, universities and research institutions throughout the country, for a total of more than $464 million.
An amazing 44 investigators supported by the Society early in their careers have gone on to receive a Nobel Prize, the most prestigious award for scientific achievement. The Society is currently funding 30 research grants totaling more than $16.5 million in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
One Society research grant recipient, Dr. Herbert Chen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was awarded the prestigious American Cancer Society MEN2 Thyroid Cancer Professorship to study medullary thyroid cancer. MEN2 refers to a gene mutation that leads to a rare form of inherited medullary thyroid cancer. Chen has also been chosen by the Society to lead the national MEN2 Thyroid Cancer Consortium. He will oversee a program granting multiple research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowship grants over five years.
The Cancer Prevention Study-3 gives volunteers and staff the opportunity to become part of a historic research project in their own communities, and to participate in research that they help to fund. CPS-3 is entering an exciting new phase which will include enrollment opportunities at corporate partners and health care providers, as well as Relay For Life events. For more information on CPS-3 visit cancer.org/cps3 or call (888) 604-5888.
Researchers supported by the American Cancer Society have contributed to major advances in cancer research that have had significant impact on cancer detection, treatment and prevention. Thanks to federal funding for cancer research, we are seeing progress in developing better screening tools and treatments for all cancers.
Congress is currently considering reductions in funding. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is working to ensure that the federal agencies overseeing cancer research and programs receive the money they need to continue the battle against this disease.
Across the nation, the American Cancer Society provides ordinary people an extraordinary opportunity to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. It helps empower people everywhere to fight cancer in their communities and to work with lawmakers to make our community a healthier place to live. We don't just focus on one type of cancer or one way to combat the disease. Our work covers the entire spectrum of the cancer fight, from prevention and early detection, to support during treatment, to end-of-life care and quality of life after the cancer experience.
There are many ways to help create a world with more birthdays. Learn more ideas and join the movement at morebirthdays.com, or call your American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.
Ashley O'Brion is wellness director at Friendship Haven and is the chairperson for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Webster County. For more information regarding local volunteer opportunities please contact Liddy Hora, American Cancer Society Community Relations, at 576-7975 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.