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ACS offers free housing to COVID-19 health care workers

Please donate to our Hope Lodge COVID-19 Response Fund

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our Hope Lodge facilities around the country will be made available for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus fight -- at no cost -- through the health care systems they are affiliated with.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to help the health care community as we all continue to adapt to keep pace with the escalating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," said our CEO Gary Reedy. "Making the decision to close our Hope Lodge facilities to cancer patients was extremely difficult. It is gratifying to be able to now offer these rooms to provide respite for health care workers who are making tremendous personal sacrifices to be on the frontlines treating patients, and we hope these accommodations will help." 

On March 27, 2020, we made the heartbreaking decision to suspend operations for the Hope Lodge program. Due to the growth of the pandemic, we could no longer ensure the health and safety of our immune-compromised cancer patient residents, nor of its volunteers and staff.

As a result, we now have rooms where health care workers can rest between shifts or sleep overnight if returning home is too difficult. As many health systems are now turning to community partners for support – ACS is ready to help and has a unique opportunity to assist with temporary lodging. The growing reality is that many health care workers are unable to return home each night due to long shifts and fear of exposing their families to the COVID-19 virus. 

ACS operates 34 Hope Lodges across the U.S., with a total of 1,174 rooms. In 2019, we provided 500,000 nights of free lodging to more than 29,000 patients and caregivers.

In addition to providing full access to Hope Lodge facilities, ACS has launched the Hope Lodge COVID-19 Response Fund to support these efforts, and to help provide the resources necessary to repurpose and operate our Hope Lodge facilities during the COVID-19 crisis. It also will ensure that Hope Lodge facilities are ready to accept cancer patients again in the coming months, and help ACS to continue with vital programs to help cancer patients during this pandemic.

Cancer hasn't stopped, so neither has the American Cancer Society. During this unprecedented time, we remain committed to the needs of cancer patients, who are more vulnerable than ever in the face of COVID-19. We continue to provide help and resources to cancer patients, families, caregivers, and health care providers. This includes being available, 24/7, 365 days a year through our helpline (800-227-2345) and cancer.org.


  • ACS launches "Cancer Hasn't Stopped" fundraising campaign

    ​Cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, volunteers, and partners are turning to the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN for information and resources that will help them navigate this crisis and looking for opportunities to support our work. 

    From April 2 through June, a new ACS marketing campaign will run that features messaging focused on cancer and COVID-19. Kicking-off with digital ads and social media, the "Cancer Hasn't Stopped" campaign is a multi-faceted fundraiser to communicate our commitment to the fight against cancer and ask the public to support cancer patients and survivors during this crisis.

    The campaign will include:

    • Direct to Consumer fundraising - appeals through social media channels and direct mail. These are focused on the urgent needs of cancer patients amid COVID-19, asking the public to give today.
    • Peer-to-Peer and Influencer content - using influencers, sponsors, and partners to amplify our content and tell the stories of volunteers and cancer patients.
    • Information & Partner Activation – continuing to share relevant and timely information from ACS experts and equipping our partners to activate on our behalf.

    All three components will drive people to donate at cancer.org or through Facebook Fundraiser. 

    Direct mail, email, an updated email signature, and other campaign initiatives will be launched later this week and in the weeks to come. 

    In addition to the information at cancer.org/coronavirus, the Marketing team is promoting Dr. Len's podcasts and posts, and messages from our leaders and experts. Several fundraising initiatives are also underway, including our virtual Relay For Life USA, which will be held on April 25, our national Facebook Fundraiser, and Gamers vs. Cancer.

    We want YOU! Please share our national campaigns with your family, friends, and networks through ACS2Go, consider joining the #LaptopLipSync challenge, and continue to share with family and friends (at those virtual happy hours) all the ways ACS and ACS CAN are supporting the most vulnerable among us, cancer patients, in this unprecedented time.

  • Relay USA brings all Relayers together virtually

    No need to register to join the fun on April 25 at 4 p.m. ET

    Relay USA, an all virtual Relay event, will be hosted on Saturday, April 25, at 4 p.m. ET on Facebook and YouTube!

    All Relay participants are invited to join, but they do not have to change their registration from their local event to this online opportunity. We know all Relay participants want to be a part of something big and this is it! Join the Facebook event now to easily invite others to the celebration.

    Given the new digital fundraising landscape, Relay USA presents an exciting opportunity to host a virtual, socially driven experience for Relayers across the nation. The Relay USA workgroup is putting together an exciting broadcast for Relayers to stream, participate in, and fundraise for during the interactive Facebook Live event.

    A lineup of guests and Relayers will participate in all elements of Relay we love – opening ceremony, survivor lap, caregiver recognition, and a luminaria ceremony – in an all-virtual experience.

    While COVID-19 has brought a level of uncertainty to our events across the nation, Relay USA presents a large-scale opportunity for us to stand together even when we are apart.

    For updates related to Relay USA and opportunities to engage and donate leading up to the big event, follow the Relay For Life Facebook page. Invite all your volunteers and participants to join us in ensuring our mission does not stop. No matter where you Relay, this is an opportunity for volunteers, participants, and staff across the nation to tune in and fundraise together.


  • Take the ACS #LaptopLipSync challenge

    Have fun lip synching your favorite song while raising money for ACS

    The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down. What it has not changed, however, is our commitment to attacking cancer from all angles.

    Is social distancing making you a little stir crazy? Want to do something fun, entertain others, and support ACS? If so, our #LaptopLipSync challenge is for you!

    Choose your favorite song to sing, maybe round up a few accessories, and then create a short video to post on social media. Have fun, let go! The point is to spark joy and encourage optimism, all while raising money for the American Cancer Society. 

    When posting your video, use the hashtag #LaptopLipSync, tag 3-5 friends/colleagues and challenge them to create their own videos, and encourage those watching to make a donation on the American Cancer Society GoFundMe page.

    A big shout out to our North Central Region for coming up with idea for the #LaptopLipSync challenge and launching it locally with great success! If you have a creative fundraising idea of your own, please submit it to ACSeventsolutions@cancer.org.

    These folks have already created videos. Watch and get inspired!

    Video Tips

    • Use your phone or laptop to record. If using your phone, prop it up on your laptop.
    • Use the first 10 seconds of the video to set up what you're doing, why you're doing it, and who you are nominating.
    • HAVE FUN!!!

    Sample script: I've been nominated to take the American Cancer Society Laptop Lip Sync Challenge. I accept the challenge and have donated $25 to the American Cancer Society GoFundMe page to help the fight against cancer. I am nominating Brett Brown, Penny Purple, and Willa White. You have 24 hours to respond. Now, here's Uptown Funk...

    Posting on social media

    • While Facebook and Instagram are highly encouraged, we recommend you post your video on the social channels where you engage most with friends and family.
    • Upload your video to YouTube first and use your YouTube link on Facebook to ensure your music is not muted.
    • When posting to Facebook, make sure your settings are set to public for the post.
    • Share the GoFundMe link and encourage your followers to donate there: https://bit.ly/laptoplipsync
    • Use the hashtag #LaptopLipSync
    • Tag the three people you nominate – @BrettBrown, @PennyPurple, @WillaWhite

    Example post: I just completed the American Cancer Society #LaptopLipSync Challenge! I nominate @BrettBrown, @PennyPurple, and @WillaWhite to donate to the American Cancer Society GoFundMe page at https://bit.ly/laptoplipsync and pass the challenge along or post a video lip syncing your favorite song!

  • Gamers vs Cancer hosts College Streaming Tournament

    Fundraising begins April 2; checkout the tool kit and start recruiting!

    In an effort to think creatively, the American Cancer Society is launching our first College Streaming Tournament. This initiative seeks to attract new volunteers and new revenue from within the fast growing live-streaming community.

    How does it work

    The tournament will pit 64 colleges against each other in a bracket-style contest to determine which school’s “streamers” can raise the most support each week and throughout the duration of the six-week challenge. Fundraising will begin on Thursday, April 2, and end on Wednesday, May 13. Campus volunteers and are encouraged to seek out experienced live streamers to represent and support their favorite school in the fight against cancer

    There is no limit to how many streamers a school can recruit. Whether streamers are current students, alumni, admitted students, or just fans of the school, anyone can participate as long as their fundraising is performed via their live-stream channel and utilizes the fundraising page they create at gamersvscancer.org/cst.

    Prizes will be awarded to the top four champion fundraising schools. The individual streamer who raises the most money throughout the tournament will win a brand-new gaming chair. Various random prizes will be awarded to streamers throughout the tournament. Based on their fundraising totals, streamers in the tournament will be eligible to earn official Gamers vs Cancer merchandise. 

    Streamer basics

    A streamer is someone who has their own live-stream channel and broadcasts regularly to an audience of fans, followers, or subscribers. Most live-streamers can be found on platforms/websites such as Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, or Facebook. Many streamers who would want to play in the tournament will play a video game while interacting with their audience. The audience can see the game screen, as well as the streamer.

    How to find Streamers

    • Reach out to your local high school or college athletic department and ask if they have an eSports team. Many of their players are likely to have their own live-stream channel.
    • Ask fellow volunteers, family, and friends if they watch any streams on Twitch. If they know what you're talking about, they'll get excited and share everything they know! 
    • Post to your event and personal social media channels that you are looking for Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, or Facebook Live streamers to join the fight against cancer.
    • Search Twitch and your city or state to find local streamers.
    • Call your local video game retail outlets and/or gaming lounges/arenas. Many of them have their own community of gamers and streamers. 

    For more information about the tournament, contact Jeffrey Montegut or Nino Cimino at gamersvscancer@cancer.org or view the College Streaming Tournament Toolkit.



  • We need creative, innovative virtual fundraising ideas!

    These ideas can help us stand together – even when we’re apart

    As an organization, we have an opportunity to come up with new, creative virtual fundraising ideas while ACS in-person events are suspended. Our mission to save lives continues to be a priority for volunteers, staff, donors, and others who rely on us each day. 

    We need your help! Submit innovative ways to continue our fundraising efforts in a virtual space. Here’s how: 

    • Fundraising ideas (only) can be submitted to the Fundraising Ideas Database. This is the website that has been shared in earlier messages. If you are looking for a new idea, you can peruse existing ideas through this database, as well. Although the website is branded for Relay For Life, all revenue fundraising ideas are encouraged and welcomed. This database is being updated 2-3 times per week, so check back often!    
    • Volunteers and staff can share ideas about virtual fundraising, events, and more by emailing ACSeventsolutions@cancer.org. All ideas are welcome – not just fundraising – to support our events during this season. All fundraising ideas will be added to the Fundraising Ideas Database, and all non-fundraising ideas are being collected and shared with appropriate teams throughout the organization. 

    Thank you for sharing your creative and innovative ideas! 

  • Nonprofits, including ACS CAN, ask Congress for relief; help by sending a quick email to your U.S. Senators

    A coalition of 144 the nation’s largest charities, including  the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) American Heart Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes, American Lung Association, and the American Red Cross is asking lawmakers for $60 billion in Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic relief and economic stimulus in addition to creating a universal charitable deduction for taxpayers through 2021 to incentivize giving. 

    As the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is advocating for this issue on ACS’s behalf. 

    In a message to Congress on March 18, nonprofit leaders stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic “is having a profound impact on the economy and has greatly expanded the need for charitable organizations to provide additional services in an unprecedented manner. At the same time, the economic downturn will undoubtedly result in a contraction in contributions and other sources of revenue which are the lifeblood of many charitable organizations.”

    The coalition leaders wrote: “Nonprofits need an immediate infusion of $60 billion in capital to maintain operations, expand scope to address increasing demands, and stabilize losses from closures throughout the country.”

    “At a time when Americans need these services most, donations and fundraising are declining," said ACS and ACS CAN CEO Gary Reedy. "Cancer doesn’t take a break, and neither can the programs and services that ACS provides nationwide.”

    You can help with this effort by sending a quick email to your U.S. Senators here. Once you have taken action, please share this alert far and wide. We need to generate as many emails and calls TODAY in order to win on this mission critical issue. 

    Questions on ACS CAN and lobbying on specific cancer policy issues should be directed to your local ACS CAN staff partner.

    Nonprofits constitute about 10% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employ about 12 million people. “Without dramatic and immediate financial and programmatic backstop from government, America’s charitable nonprofits and the people we serve face a precipitous decline in mission services at a time when our efforts are needed like never before by the most vulnerable in our communities,” nonprofit leaders warned.

  • If you never signed up for AmazonSmile, now is the time!

    ​With everyone stuck at home, more people may be turning to online shopping.

    This means extra money for the American Cancer Society if all of us - and all of our friends and families - sign up for AmazonSmile. It costs absolutely nothing, and ACS gets 0.5% of what you spend on each order.

    Sign up here!

    The key is to type in smile.amazon.com, not amazon.com, when you start your shopping

    Once you have selected the Society as the beneficiary, save the page as a favorite or simply type in smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com when you go shopping. It is so easy!

    0.5% may not sound like a lot – but it adds up quickly, thanks to millions who shop AmazonSmile every day. For details, read Amazon's Q&A about AmazonSmile.


  • ACS responding to COVID-19 with compassion and courage

    On March 17, more than 2 million American Cancer Society volunteers and supporters received the following message from CEO Gary Reedy.

    Amid the uncertainty that surrounds the nation right now, one thing that remains constant is that the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) are focused on the health and safety of our patients, volunteers, and staff.

    This is undoubtedly a challenging time, but the fact is, cancer does not stop and neither do we. I am proud to share that the American Cancer Society remains available to provide information, support, and guidance to patients and families 24 hours a day, seven days a week via our free helpline, 1-800-227-2345, and our website,cancer.org. The American Cancer Society also has a number of resources available about coronavirus and cancer, including thisFAQ and this podcast featuring our team of experts. In addition,ACS CAN continues to advocate for access to critical health care at the federal, state, and local levels – an urgent need in the face of this pandemic.

    We continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and implement measures to prioritize the health and safety of our patients, volunteers, and staff. For that reason, we have taken several steps to minimize the impact of the virus for those we serve. These proactive steps include:

    • Restricting or implementing temporary adjustments to some of our patient service programs to reduce the risk of infection to our patients, volunteers, and staff. Those in need of support should contact our help line for specific guidance and assistance.
    • Suspending all in-person events for the next eight weeks. Once the situation improves, we will work with our volunteers and communities to reschedule them.
    • Temporarily closing all American Cancer Society and ACS CAN offices and Discovery Shops to the public and transitioning our staff to a virtual workforce.

    For updates on the American Cancer Society and our ongoing response to the coronavirus, visit cancer.org, and connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

    We hope you, your families, and your loved ones remain safe and in good health during this challenging time. Now more than ever, we are so grateful for the passion and dedication of our millions of volunteers and supporters. Thank you for your continued support of our mission and for all you are doing to help lead the fight for a world without cancer.

    Gary M. Reedy
    Chief Executive Officer
    American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network


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