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Volunteer leader Alice Pomponio named managing director of BrightEdge

Effective today, life sciences industry leader Alice Pomponio has been named managing director of BrightEdge, our philanthropic impact fund that invests in companies to accelerate our mission to fight cancer. 

Alice has served as a member of the board of directors of ACS CAN, chair of the ACS Eastern New England Board of Directors, and was a two-time chair of ACS CAN's Boston Research Breakfast.

BrightEdge is our donor-funded, philanthropic venture capital fund that invests in for-profit companies developing novel solutions to attacking cancer. 

Alice is a faculty member at Harvard-MIT HST Sloan Healthcare Ventures, teaching biomedical innovation and healthcare entrepreneurship, a role she will retain. She previously was advisor, Red Sky Partners LLC, and managing director of Accendo, which she founded in 2018 to accelerate entrepreneurial consumer-facing approaches to patient access and affordability of quality care.

An expert in rare disease and precision oncology, she focuses on disruptive technology adoption and companion diagnostic / therapeutic co-development strategies with an eye towards value-based care. At Red Sky Partners, Alice advised high-growth life sciences and health tech companies on go-to-market and product value strategies. 

Alice held prior strategy and operational leadership roles at Radius Health, AstraZeneca, and Sanofi Genzyme, where she launched multiple U.S. and global specialty products and championed orphan drug and health equity initiatives across the globe. Her public sector experience spans innovation, trade, and healthcare policy through roles in the UK Government and U.S. Office of Management and Budget. 

She holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from MIT.  She serves on the Boards of Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, MassEcon, and PhagePro Inc.

"Alice’s extensive experience in life sciences and business, coupled with her passion for the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission, makes her uniquely positioned for this role," said Kael Reicin, our chief financial officer, to whom she reports.


  • Suits And Sneakers week is January 25-31

    ​Please help promote it on social media.

    The annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week is coming up January 25-31.

    The week unites basketball coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer and promotes the American Cancer Society as a source of inspiration and hope for those facing cancer.  

    While coaching games during the week, coaches wear sneakers with their game attire as a visible reminder of their support of ACS. This year, we’re adding an even more visible element to Suits And Sneakers Week for Division I head coaches: Coaches vs. Cancer-branded face masks that head and assistant coaches are encouraged to wear.  

    In addition to Suits And Sneakers Week, we have a Suits And Sneakers fundraising platform that any school (college, high school, and youth league) or volunteer can use to create a customizable fundraising page.

    Teams and individuals who choose to participate in this fundraising side of Suits And Sneakers can fundraise anytime, and are not limited to just Suits And Sneakers Week. This season, our Suits And Sneakers fundraiser will support childhood cancer research, services, and awareness.

    You can follow the action on the national leaderboard at SuitsAndSneakers.org. The top fundraising college and high school teams in the nation will be recognized as Suits And Sneakers National Champions on March 31.

    Volunteers can also use these Suits And Sneakers fundraising pages to support existing ACS events. To find out how, please click here.

    Please help promote this on social media, especially if your hometown team is participating! 

    Be sure to tag @AmericanCancer, @CoachesvsCancer, and use #SuitsAndSneakers. 


  • Join us on Feb. 4 for our national Relay For Life kickoff!

    Although Relay For Life may look different across the country this year, our passion and commitment remain the same. We’re continuing to keep our Relay community connected virtually and making it easy for anyone, anywhere, to help fight cancer. 

    On Thursday, Feb. 4, World Cancer Day, our Relay 2021 Kickoff will bring together our nationwide community for an exciting virtual event. The fun will begin at 8 p.m. ET. RSVP here.

    To learn more and to register a team for 2021, visit relayforlife.org

    Thank you to everyone who took a #RelayFirstLap on Jan. 9. 

    National Relay Weekend
    And, it all comes together mid-May during National Relay Weekend, when we’ll honor survivors, celebrate caregivers, and walk for a cancer-free future. Thanks for your support!

  • 2019 Annual Report available electronically

    The American Cancer Society’s 2019 Annual Report is available electronically on cancer.org. This redesigned, simplified version was created based on feedback from users throughout the organization.

    The American Cancer Society 2019 Annual Report outlines our path forward as we work to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. In the report, we showcase our accomplishments, and we detail revenue and spending for the calendar year 2019. The full 2019 Financial Statements are also available on cancer.org. 

    Through this report, the American Cancer Society recognizes the countless contributions of communities, our volunteers, and partners who help us lead the fight against cancer. As a reminder, this is only a snapshot of all the amazing work that our volunteers and staff are accomplishing throughout the organization. 

    Please note all data in this report is from prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    For the latest data available, please review the American Cancer Society Vital Statistics resource. 

  • We are indebted to our volunteers and supporters - thank you!

    This year has tested our American Cancer Society like no other. We all learned to innovate and found new ways to serve patients, connect with communities, and raise money. 

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much about how we fight for a world without cancer, it did not take away your courage or determination. In countless ways, your passion shone through as you continued to support our mission to save lives in 2020.

    Thanks to your efforts, we will end the year on stable footing. Here are just a few of the impressive highlights you helped us achieve:
    • With your support, we offered the use of our Hope Lodge facilities to our partner health systems free of charge as a place of respite for front-line health care heroes.
    • Through our 1.800.ACS.2345 hotline and cancer.org, we continued to provide 24/7 support to cancer patients, who were particularly vulnerable amid the pandemic.
    • ACS CAN impacted access to health care by supporting patient provisions in congressional COVID-19 relief packages, including expanded telehealth services and funding for state public health agencies, and by leading campaigns in Oklahoma and Missouri that expanded access to affordable health insurance through Medicaid for an estimated 430,000 people.
    • Our event and peer-to-peer volunteers and staff worked tirelessly to innovate and fundraise throughout the year without the benefit of in-person engagement.
    • Corporate, philanthropy, and direct mail results have brought in a strong, steady stream of revenue, and planned giving revenue is also expected to finish strong in 2020. 
    • Our investment in digital marketing is paying off, with Giving Tuesday revenue up 49% year-over-year, which gives us momentum to drive further year-end giving results. 
    • Our year-end giving campaign holds great promise. Please share why you support the American Cancer Society on your social channels with a personalized message and link to our year-end giving campaign.
    You can see more about this work and other activities in this video.

    In a year when each of us encountered so many personal challenges – to our families and community, to our health, and to normal day to day living – thank you for continuing to stand with cancer patients and caregivers. So much was at stake this year, but you stepped up, you stepped in, and you continued to move our mission forward. And for that, we are forever grateful. 

    We wish you and your loved ones a holiday season of peace and comfort.


  • New Hope Lodge in St. Louis nears completion

    ​It will be called the World Wide Technology Hope Lodge.

    On Dec. 15, a virtual ceremony was held to give donors a chance to see the inside of our new Hope Lodge in St. Louis. It is pictured above, in the foreground, across the street from the original Hope Lodge, built in 1995. The renovated building is owned by ACS and formerly housed ACS offices and leased offices.

    “As St. Louisans, we are fortunate to have world-class cancer care right here in our backyard. Hope Lodge removes barriers to healthcare and connects patients to the cancer care they need here in St. Louis,” said Jim Kavanaugh, co-founder and CEO of World Wide Technology, vice-chairman of CEOs Against Cancer Missouri chapter, and campaign chair for a new and improved Hope Lodge. 

    World Wide Technology made a $3 million naming gift.

    In 2018, Kavanaugh took a lead role in helping the Society with a $10 million Hope Lodge fundraising campaign. Thanks to his leadership and and the generosity of the Society’s CEOs Against Cancer® Missouri chapter members, local corporations, and the public, we have reached 97% of the fundraising goal. The construction of the facility is complete and we continue to work to raise funds for the operational costs. 

    Several local CEOs and executives spoke during the unveiling ceremony, including Kavanaugh; Joe Koenig, president of World Wide Technology; Joe Leahy, partner and chief creative officer, HLK Agency; Timothy Eberlein, MD, director of Siteman Cancer Center; and Jason McClelland, senior director, regional corporate relations.

    This new facility will feature 42 guest suites and includes additional safety measures to protect immunocompromised guests from COVID-19 or other health threats. 

    The old Hope Lodge is being sold.

    To learn more, visit www.hopeishome.org.

    PHOTO: Pictured in the smaller image, from left, are: Joe Koenig, president of World Wide Technology, and Jim Kavanaugh, co-founder and CEO of World Wide Technology, vice-chairman of CEOs Against Cancer Missouri chapter, and campaign organizer for a new and improved Hope Lodge.



  • Don't forget to use AmazonSmile to benefit ACS this holiday season!

    0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to ACS at no cost to you.

    When shoppers select the Society as their charity of choice through the AmazonSmile program, Amazon will donate 0.5% of their eligible purchases to us, at no cost to the shopper. To select the Society, use this link.

    In the past year, Amazon enabled AmazonSmile on the app, so it’s now easier than ever to benefit the Society. Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations from wherever you are shopping all year long. 

    Once you've signed up, remember to go to smile.amazon.com, not amazon.com, from your laptop. 

    ACS has been a beneficiary of the AmazonSmile program since 2014, and received more than $1 million. 

  • ACS supporter running in 30 states in 30 days

    He surpassed his fundraising goal of $5,000, so he's upped it to $8,000.

    Matteo DeVincenzo is a recent Princeton University graduate who expected to work at a NYC law firm this summer - but COVID hit and his start date was suspended indefinitely. Suddenly, he had a lot of time on his hands. He took the LSAT in preparation for applying to law schools, he trained for and completed his first marathon, and he became a connoisseur of craft beers.

    Matt has now combined those two avocations of running and enjoying local brews (in moderation, of course), and created a fundraiser to support ACS-funded research. 

    His 30 states in 30 days driving and running journey started on Nov. 21 in his hometown of Port Jefferson, NY. There to see him off, along with his parents, aunt, and grandmother, were Megan Stewart and June Ingraham, senior managers, Community Development, in the Northeast Region.

    Since then, Matt has been been to 19 more states. When in Fairfield, CT, he spoke with Kelsey McGettigan, who shared with him the good work that the Relay For Life of Fairfield does; in Boston he met Dylan Lazerow, who gave Matt a tour of the Hope Lodge there; when in College Station PA, he got a visit from Dan Heist, the former chair of our national Board of Directors; and while in Georgia last week, he stopped at our Hope Lodge in Atlanta to meet Tim Phillips, our chief legal and risk officer (pictured above). 

    Megan and June also have arranged for staff and volunteers to call Matt during some his his long-haul driving stints, including several Road To Recovery and Reach To Recovery volunteers;  Paul Gruol, a crack fundraiser who previously shared tips with Matt; and Ramon Bermo, director, Community Development - Endurance, in the Northeast Region, who provided encouragement on the running and endurance side of things. 

    Matt is running at least 15 miles in each state, for a total of 450 miles, and sampling local brews along the way. His trip is scheduled to end in Nevada on Dec. 20.

    Why is he doing this? As you might guess, cancer has impacted his family. His grandfather, Vincent, died of colon cancer in 2009. His grandmother, Patricia, has battled both ovarian cancer and breast cancer over the last 20 years. And, his aunt, Patricia, has fought breast cancer for the last six years. "There are no words to describe the amount of suffering that an individual - and their family - undergoes when fighting this disease," said Matt. "On this journey, I hope to do my part in honoring those impacted, while enduring a form of hardship on my own."

    “Matteo’s itinerary is ambitious,” said Megan. “We’re excited to support him and even connecting him with cancer survivors along the way. . . We’re grateful to our colleagues in other Regions who have agreed to meet Matteo as he comes through their states."

    ACS gave Matt 30 different customized billboards to use in photos he takes in each state.

    Matt's journey has garnered some nice media attention:

    You can learn more by visiting Matt's fundraising page.

    You can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Strava.


  • CvC golf auction raises more than $200,000

    The one-of-a-kind Coaches vs Cancer “Member for A Day” auction that concluded on Nov. 27 raised  $216,905 to support ACS. 

    The event gave fans and supporters a chance to bid on an opportunity to golf with their favorite NCAA college basketball coaches and sportscasters. More than 100 coaches and celebrities donated rounds of golf. 

    The top bid of $22,100 went to baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr., who offered an outing at Michael Jordan’s new course, Grove XXIII, in Florida. North Carolina basketball head coach Roy Williams led the way for the college coaches, donating a round of golf at Pinehurst #2, which sold for $17,600. 

    Some of the biggest names in sports stepped up to support us, including: 

    • Lon Kruger, University of Oklahoma
    • Rick Pitino, Iona
    • Fran McCaffery, University of Iowa
    • Tubby Smith, High Point University
    • Brad Underwood, University of Illinois
    • Jay Bilas, ESPN
    • Steve Smith, NBA All-Star

    All golf rounds will be played in 2021, and winners can coordinate with the host members on their preferred date. Travel and accommodations are not included. MGM Resorts International is sponsoring the event.

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