Mission: The american cancer society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Programs: Patient support programs assist cancer patients and their families in an effort to ease the burden of the disease. Grants to affiliates: $25,000 relay for life and making strides against breast cancer - see schedule o
prevention programs, derived in part on our cancer research, provide the public and health professionals with information and education to prevent cancer occurrence and to reduce the risk of developing cancer. Grants to affiliates: $325,000 relay for life and making strides against breast cancer - see schedule o
detection and treatment programs seek to find cancer before it is clincally apparent and provide information and education about options for treatments, a cure, recurrence, symptom management and pain control. Relay for life and making strides against breast cancer - see schedule o
the day i was diagnosed, august 8, 2005, my world went upside down. but a call to 1-800-ACS-2345 helped calm my frazzled nerves. the american cancer society provided me with a counselor (someone who was a cancer survivor), who basically let me vent for nearly an hour. i called a second time to speak with a nurse that the toll free number provides and she guided me through my pathology report. as a way of saying thanks, and wanting to reach out to others i joined the relay for life committee in my hometown of wichita falls, texas. from there it's been a never-ending joyful ride on the relay for life train. each relay is fun and since becoming an american cancer society hero of hope i've been given the opportunity to fulfill my life's purpose: helping others. i was adopted into the ACS "family" and fell in love with its staff and fellow volunteers. this is one organization that's truly family. the acs is always there when you need them. they reach out to cancer survivors in a way that's unlike other groups. and when we defeat this dreaded disease maybe the "american cancer society" could change its name to the "always caring society".... where love & family know no bounds.