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American Cancer Society Foundation

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Causes: Cancer, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FOUNDATION IS ESTABLISHED AS AN ENTITY OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, INC. ITS MISSION IS TO ACCELERATE THE CONTROL AND CURE OF CANCER BY SECURING MAJOR GIFTS AND ENDOWMENTS FROM INDIVIDUALS, CORPORATIONS AND FOUNDATIONS TO SUPPORT RESEARCH, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, INC. AND ITS CHARTERED DIVISIONS.

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62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

American Cancer Society is not publicly respected and they are not trustworthy because of their poor reputation and shams. All they are interested is to get your money. Here are just a couple of public record links about them:

http://naturalsociety.com/100-page-report-american-cancer-society-scam/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/24/american-cancer-society--more-interested-in-wealth-than-health.aspx

4 jegac3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Name is Mrs Mariam O lee iam a widow suffering from cancer of the lungs, the doctors just informed me that i have just 1 month remaining, this is why i want to use this short time to share my last visions and the plans i have for this short period of time, my email i jegac3@yahoo.com do contact me so i can share my visions and last thoughts with you

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Hi my name is Pamela Carter and i have breast cancer and i need any help that i can from you guys,my bills are almost over my head,i can not take it any more,please i need your help this is my email add.pam22dan@verizon.net and my phone number is 760-680-7917 also to anyone who may read this story if you can help me please feel free to do so thank you very much and you may pray for me also, i need help if my medical bills, S.O.S. and you do not need to give me money, i will send them to you to pay ,that's how bad i need the pubic,if you can't help then past it on to a friend please.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Cancer Society is a wonderful organization. Although they CANNOT provide direct financial assistance for medical bills at this time (some people contact the org regarding this need and feel that this should be offered), they are usually able to provide free wigs or wig vouchers, gas cards or transportation grants, mastectomy bras and breast prostheses, volunteer drivers to help patients get to treatment, support groups including Look Good, Feel Better, certain medical supplies, etc. through their Patient Service Centers and local offices. However, it's important to contact them directly to find out what specifically exists in a patient's area. Additional services may be available depending on which division a patient lives in. In addition to these services, ACS lodging programs exist in many areas of the country for those who have to travel far for medical treatment. ACS also has an Air Miles program for those who need help with the cost of a flight to medical treatment. Other nationwide services include a Health Insurance Information Service that can discuss health insurance options with patients who are underinsured, uninsured or in transition. They also offer a clinical trials matching service that can help patients locate clinical trials they may be able to participate in. Finally, they have cancer information specialists available 24/7 to answer cancer-related questions for patients. They can also find additional resources for patients if ACS cannot help with a need. Keep in mind that these are just the services that make available to patients. They also have a HUGE research grant program, a smoking cessation program and other early detection/outreach programs. I would highly recommend supporting them. Their financial allocation information can be found here: http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/cancer/american-cancer-society-in-atlanta-ga-186

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer survivors, thos still fighting it, those that have loved ones that have lost their battle, and those just do not love cancer. Please read tomorrow's Scranton Times- ACS (American Cancer Society) has turns its back on us by cancelling the Ball of Hope becuase it didn't turn out enough profits. It cleared $70,000 last year in the black and does not consider that enough. So they are refusing to do the ball. A reporter via 3 way calling did an interview with Kara Konyves & I on why is so desparately needed!! You know who gets hurt don't you- the kids & only the kids. rk This Ball of Hope held at the Scranton Cultural funds Camp can do as well as others-cancer camp for kids with cancer. Alot of those kids are not around now- but the joy they experienced lives on in the pictures the parents have from the camp. Faces of hope.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

1 in 4 dollars collected to administrator salaries and fund raiser fees. ??????
Give to you local church or 501.

2 Shannon23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACS raises thousands and thousands of dollars every year that are poured back into education, advocacy, and patient assistance.

Before Cancer: ACS provides lots of information on screenings and education of the kinds of cancer and treatment. They fund scientists worldwide to help find a cure. They also lobby around the country to pass laws such as smoke free air, insurance coverage, and aid for the poor.

Finding out: The ACS 24/7 hotline - 1800-227-2345 will help you understand your cancer, provide you with any information on resources and programs, and send you a Personal Health Manager to keep track of all your health providers, tests, appointments, medicines, bills, etc.

During Cancer: Road to Recovery is a program that gives patients rides to their appointments and treatments. Look Good Feel Better is a program that teaches patients about options for head ware if they desire (wraps, wigs, etc.) and teaches them how to use/wear their prosthetic. If you need assistance with pharmaceuticals they will talk with your pharmacy and insurance to try to work something out. If you need cash, they will help you find organizations that can hand you a check. If you need medical equipment, they will find an individual or business in your area who can give you what you need.

After Cancer: ACS gives you the opportunity to give back by being a mentor to someone who is going through what you have been through. They help you share your story to impact people. Whether that impact leads to a gift, changes a life, or gives someone hope, you know you've made a difference.

The staff is kind, hard working, and helpful. They operate on little to nothing, under 10% and usually under 5%.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The first story tells it all. A large national cancer charities raising over one billion dollars but not able to provide patient assistance. The remaining reviews told of the wonderful help through resources (referring cancer victims to other organizations) and pamphlets on cancer prevention and treatment. None of the reviews answer the problem of providing financial assistance to those victims who fall through the crack for those whom an educational pamphlet on prevention is too late.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

My Reason to Relay My reason to Relay is to educate the community on what is and IS NOT being done for those inflicted with this devastating disease. When our daughter was diagnosed, we thought we could contact the organization that we had been affilitated and raised over $70,000 for over the past five years--The American Cancer Society Relay For Life. We thought there would be endless opportunities of support not only for us, our daughter and our family, but for others we met along the way traveling this terrible journey. We quickly discovered we were wrong. We tried staying in Hope Lodge...can't because our daughter is under 18. Tried for other services...refused. We were told directly by an American Cancer Society staff member, and this was repeated to us numerous times, that there were no services catering to the "young" cancer victim. The American Cancer Society told us that the services they provide are catered to the "older adult" and their "services include mostly prostate and breast cancer victims, because that is who we receive funding for." That certainly shed a different light on all of those young survivors walking the survivor lap and all of those youth teams participating in Relay. It also posed another question...."Where does the money go?" After raising over $70,000 as a FAMILY team for the Relay For Life, I still ponder that question. The only reason we have continued this year is to show our support to our daughter who, WITHOUT the help of Relay For Life and American Cancer Society, is a SURVIVOR of Stage 4B Hodgkin's Lymphoma. We were told that these issues would be brought before the Ohio Task Force and even on a local level. Guess what? Several months later, we still have not received any different information. We were "appeased" with "words" so that we would keep quiet during Relay For Life. Are these issues ever going to be addressed? Think about the "help" we have received. Think about the "help" any other family member/friend has received from the American Cancer Society. Other than a support of friends, which can be found in many, many, many other places, what services has your loved one received? Is your Relaying worth it? What are you REALLY doing for our local cancer victims? THINK ABOUT IT! Our Reason to Relay After five years as a family team, raising over $70,000 for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, we found ourselves finding out first hand where the money goes... When we asked what services could be provided to us when our then 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkin's Lymphoma, we were told, by the American Cancer Society, "none". Because Abbie was under 18, we weren't able to stay in Hope Lodge (paid for by your American Cancer Society Relay For Life dollars). We were also told by the American Cancer Society that their services catered to breast and prostate cancer because they get funding for those and they cater also to the "older patient". They realize that there are no services for youth and they will be "working on that." Flashback to early 2007 when my Aunt Arlene was diagnosed with lung cancer and was totally uninsured. Of course, I referred her to the American Cancer Society because I KNEW they would be able to help. Do you want to know what help she received? A list of websites she could check out to see if she was eligible through OTHER (NOT American Cancer Society) programs for assistance. There was nothing else the American Cancer Society could do to help. Oh, wait, they did offer a rickety old broken wheelchair. They also offered a couple other pieces of medical equipment, but with the shape the wheelchair was in, I would be afraid to use anything else received from them! So, we decided to give them ONE more chance...we were told no help for Aunt Arlene (age 66 at time of diagnosis, so she fit the American Cancer Society profile of 'older adult'). No help for Abbie because she was a 'youth'. Ok, so, giving the benefit of the doubt, one more chance....Dawn, my sister, was diagnosed with Stage 1 diffuse large B cell lymphoma (non-Hodgkins). She has 2 young children at home and is a single mom who has had to quit her job to endure at least 4 1/2 months of treatment. Because her long term disability is $56 too much per month, she can't receive any medical benefits from her employer or Ohio Medicaid. So, after one round of chemotherapy, with 5 more to go, she is told she has NO INSURANCE! So, one more try to the American Cancer Society. When we called them and explained the situation and asked what type of assistance the American Cancer Society could provide, we were told, "You can call the Patient Advocate Organization and see what assistance they can provide." I asked if they were affiliated with the American Cancer Society and was told they were NOT. I asked if there was any assistance the American Cancer Society could provide and was politely told there was nothing they could offer. However, their call center is open 24/7, seven days a week if we ever wanted to call back...I am not sure what we would call back for????? So, next time you decide to support a Relay fundraiser, think about it....what services has your loved one received from the American Cancer Society during their journey? Of all places we thought we could receive support, The American Cancer Society was it...WOW! We were shocked to find out how very WRONG that is!!! This year, all our efforts are in support of Abbie's fight and her HERO status as as SURVIVOR. Six rounds of chemo...ONE MILLION DOLLARS American Cancer Society assistance...Two hundred dollars in gas cards to keep us quiet (this is not typically given) Remission...PRICELESS!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a registered nurse. I have been involved with Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society for several years. Every year, ACS helps my patients with their cancer care. They give my patients and their families help and hope. I am a team captain for the Rleay for Life. Murray, Ky. has the most amazing crew of people involved with this. You truly feel the love and concern for all patients and families with cancer. My father died of lung cancer and I know how important the ACS is to patients and families. I couldn't be more proud of being a part of the American Cancer Society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Mom was diagnosed with a rare form of ear cancer in March, 1998, and I found the El Paso American Cancer Society office through the internet. I spoke over the phone to ACS personnel, Laura Alvarado and Veronica Guzman to get information on the type of cancer my Mom had, and resources available to us for a trip to Houston for my Mom's surgery. These two ladies were invaluable in connecting me with resources during our stay in Houston. We had not met, however we felt as if we had known each other forever. Before our trip to Houston, I was unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer, and was now calling Veronica and Laura regarding my treatment and resources available to me. Because of the kindness and compassion these two ladies exhibited to myself and my Mom, I quickly became a Relay for Life volunteer, and have been raising money to allow the ACS to help others for the past 10 years in order to help other families in my situation. Cancer has affected many of my family members, and by volunteering my time and efforts, I feel I am helping the ACS help others and I will never forget how they helped me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Cancer Society and Relay for Life represent true HOPE for me. I have a HOPE that one day cancer will be eliminated and no one will ever have to experience the negative effects of this horrible disease. The words you have cancer will no longer be spoken. ACS and Relay for Life strive to create this world. I have worked with ACS and Relay for Life for over six years now. In those six years I have seen more and more preventative care as well as more resources available to those fighting this horrible disease. I am a teacher who, with the assistance of ACS, is teaching my students preventative care and where to get the resources they need. Teaching my students means teaching their parents and family members. I have students who come to me to find the resources they need to help their family. We are spreading the word about preventative care like mammograms, colorectal screenings, tobacco use, sunscreen, etc. I have had students come to me for assistance with family members about to lose their home because their cancer treatments are taking all the money they have – their house was saved thanks to their patient advocate’s assistance. One of my favorite stories is the one of the man who looked at one of the brochures we passed out and discovered his mole was similar to the picture of melanoma. He had it removed the same day he went to the doctor. This man went to the doctor because of one of one of the many brochures we were given by the ACS. My students are well educated about the many dangers of cancers. They are becoming more aware each year as to preventative care. I have true HOPE for the future of my students and their community. I have hope that all the preventative care and education we are providing our students, thanks to ACS, will continue to make a difference. I HOPE that one day cancer will be eliminated and no one will ever have to experience the negative effects of this horrible disease, but until that day comes I am grateful to the American Cancer Society and all their resources. I will continue to educate my students and HOPE that those lost to cancer, like my grandpa, will never be forgotten. I look forward to a day when the words you have cancer will no longer be spoken but, until that day comes I will continue to help those who face cancer so they are not alone. I will continue, with the help of ACS to raise as much money as I can to fight this horrible disease.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Grandmother, Mary passed away from lung cancer January 20, 2000. It was the most devastating thing I've ever experienced in my life! I have to say any organization that is searching for a cure and sponsoring as many events as the ACS is a friend of mine! Anyone that needs advice/support, I can assure you ACS has a resource! Hold your head up, ACS is working round the clock for a cure...... We will get there! Stay positive and keep the faith!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Aunt Iota passed away from ovarian cancer almost five years ago. She was a beautiful woman that had a smile that would warm your heart and light up your night! My aunt fought for five years before she lost her battle. I won’t ever forget the day that the hospital came in to her room and said the insurance company will no longer cover her stay there since she is terminal. They said she can stay for the night and we would have to make arrangements for her tomorrow. About 45 minutes later the hospital staff came in started to unhook her. We asked what they were doing and they told us she can’t stay any longer. Baffled we let them know that we were told she could stay until tomorrow so we can make arrangements for her at Hospice. They said the ambulance is outside waiting and they contacted Hospice to let them know she was on her way. We all were shocked and completely disturbed by their action. They treated my dying aunt with no respect. When the money ran out they just wanted to get rid of her like she was extra baggage. My aunt passed away a few weeks later. I visited her almost every day! The day before she died I told her, “I will be back tomorrow, I love you!” Aunt Iota really wasn’t responsive at this point, but while I was holding her hand, she squeezed mine, opened here eyes and said to me, “I love you and I will miss you.” I told her not to be silly that I would be back tomorrow. She knew what I didn’t know; she was going to be gone by the time I returned. I missed her passing by 15 minutes. When I walked into the room she laid there peacefully with the most beautiful smile on her face! She was happy again and the pain was gone. At that time I didn’t know much about ACS and how they can help. I began to work here in March of 2006. I learned that ACS provides rides back and fourth to treatment for patients, that there is the 800# that is available 24/7 for patients that have questions or need support and in advocacy they were fighting for the right of the patient. Trying to prevent what happened to my aunt from happening to others. I love my job here at ACS! No one should face cancer alone and we are here for our patients and caregivers! ACS is a wonderful organization that has so much to offer to patients and families! Thank you ACS for what you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I WAS FIRST TOUCHED BY THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE IN 1978 FROM CANCER . I RECENTLY LOST MY BROTHER-LAW TO A FIFHT WITH CANCER . IN 2007 MY GRADSON AT THE AGE OF TWELVE WAS TOLD HE HAD BRAIN CANCER, AND THAT IS WHEN I DECIDED TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR RELAY FOR LIFE IN LAGRANGE COUNTY , IN. IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I HAVE MADE AS A VOLUNTEER IN MY LIFE TIME .IT IS NOT JUST WHAT WE DO BUT HOW WE APPLY OUR SELVES TO HELP AND TO SEE THE OUT COME OF IT ALL . TO WATCH THE SURVIVORS AT WORK WITH YOU AND THOSE THAT YOU HELP IS OVERWHELMING AND TO WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH OTHERS THAT HAVE SUCH A PASSION TO FIGHT THIS BATTLE FOR A CURE . TO SEE A SMILING FACE OF A SURVIVOR AT A SPECIAL OCCASSION SUCH AS A DINNER OR BREAKFAST THAT IS GIVEN IN THEIR HONOR . THESE ARE THE SILENT HEART WARMER REWARDS TO ME . TO GIVE OF MYSELF AS MUCH AS I CAN TO HELP THIS CAUSE AND KNOWING THAT SOMEONE ELSE IS DOING THE SAME FOR MY GRANDSON AND MANY OTHER PEOPLE THAT SUFFER FROM CANCER .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first touched by cancer in 1992 when I was 14 years old my grandfather passed away being so young at the time I had no idea how many people have cancer, have survived cancer, have lost someone with cancer or have been caregivers of loved ones with cancer. As I reached adulthood it became more clear to me and then in 2008 I lost my mother-in-law and my mother was diagnosed. My poor 5 year old was dealing with the total loss of one grandma and the illness of another and I became my mother's primary caregiver my daughter asked what she could do to help the "people who are sick" SO I went to ACS and I signed up to be a Relay For Life Team Captain and my (now 6 year old) daughter is my "unofficial" co-captain. We are helping one step at a time and the actual 24 hour Relay event is one of the few times I had honestly say I felt every emotion all at once it's unexplainable to be there walking on the track with the survivors, the families, the other Relay teams become instant friends and I truly feel it's one of the few ways you can involve children and let them know that they are never too small to help someone else. The ACS has been so wonderful to my mother and myself, they have been patient and answered all our questions, they helped us with resources we did not even know were available from support groups and wigs to financial help and transportation. I always know I can call and get the help I need so I am glad I can give back to ACS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Relay For Life has been a part of my life since 1998. My family has been touched by cancer many times and the American Cancer Society is always there to help us through. The training we receive as volunteers is top notch. The money raised for the American Cancer Society is well managed and used for so many people. I can't thank the American Cancer Society enough for all they do. The research funded by ACS saves lives every day. Thank you American Cancer Society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly a great non-profit. From its advocacy programs to its support for local events. Their grass roots organization is solid as a rock and serves well. Awareness, support, and advocacy are the strengths.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved as a volunteer for 10 years with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. By volunteering to raise money for research, education, programs and services, I've come to appreciate the Society for all that they can offer. I've seen first hand the joy in a patient's face when they can choose a wig for either free or very little cost due to the financial assistance through ACS. I've also experienced first hand the comforting voice and help from a person on the other end of the phone when I've called 1-800-ACS-2345. My aunt called that number her best friend for a while during the early stages of her diagnosis. I've been a volunteer on local, state and national levels. I sometimes feel like it's a full time job and my husband jokes that the only thing missing is a paycheck. But, honestly, if I were paid, I am afraid I wouldn't have the same desire and passion that I do each day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My relationship to the society has primarily been through Relay for Life. It continually amazes me that so much is done for cancer patients and their families. Sometimes it is the "little" things that can cause much angst for the patient and their family, and the society does all it can to help not only with the big things like research, but the little things like transportation for treatments, skin care, wigs, etc.