Resources allocated to program services (totaling 79% of American Cancer Society resources) include:
$145 million invested in cancer research (support to fund and conduct research into better ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer, how to improve the quality of life for people living with cancer, and to advocate for laws and policies that help further cancer research)
$304 million invested in patient support (programs to assist cancer patients and their families, easing the burden of cancer)
$129 million invested in prevention information and education (programs that provide the public and health professionals with information and education to prevent cancer occurrence or to reduce the risk of developing cancer)
$80 million invested in detection and treatment (programs that are directed at finding cancer before it is clinically apparent and that provide information and education about cancer treatments for a cure, recurrence, symptom management, and pain control)
1.) "Thank you for helping me get a client to a
breast cancer screening. The American Cancer
Society provided a small victory today by providing
information and referrals to two resources in my
area that could get a homeless woman the screening
she needed. I am very happy and thankful."
2.) "On May 16th instead of celebrating my sister-in-law's 56th birthday, we are placing her ashes in her final resting place. Like so many of you, I have seen firsthand how cancer can devastate individuals and their loved ones.
Roxy's three-year battle with cancer was something she routinely handled with acceptance, humor, and courage. When diagnosed with cancer, and all that comes with it, some often ask "Why me?" Our Roxy, instead, walked the path of cancer with a brave face and her signature sense of humor. She sought to deepen relationships with family, friends, even her caregivers, during this time, focusing not on her illness but on their own lives.
I feel blessed to have opened my home to her during her battle with cancer and so thankful to be with her when she surrendered. What it taught me was life is precious, life is beautiful, life is challenging and unpredictable. I have since reflected on the resources it took to help Roxy during her battle. Love and support were not enough. It takes a collection of people from healthcare professionals, to the amazing caregivers form Home Instead Senior Care and so many friends and family that assisted us with rides, companionship, meals and so much more.
Beating cancer takes more than medicine. That's why the American Cancer Society does much more than breakthrough research. They also offer a live 24/7 helpline, free rides to chemo, and free lodging near hospitals for people dealing with every type of cancer. This is truly a blessing for those who don't have a large circle to assist them.
I hope you will join me as I give to the American Cancer Society, the organization that provides answers, support, and above all hope for patients in need. "
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Healthcare Integration
Home Instead Senior Care
American Cancer Society's mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.