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NY & MA golf pros have meaning behind each swing

​Marathon rounds raised $347,000 in 2021.

Honoring athletes who made a difference on the links, ACS recognized 16 golf professionals from 11 country clubs across the Long Island region of New York and Massachusetts who participated in golf marathons last year. In total, they raised $347,000 in 2021 to support our lifesaving mission.

Golf marathon participants aim to play as many holes as possible from sunup to sundown while raising funds for ACS. (Get info for 2022 here.) The pros chose dates from June through November. The long stretch of hours and commitment are symbolic reminders of the challenges and difficulties faced by cancer patients and their families. Several of this year’s golfers hosted marathons to honor loved ones touch by cancer, according to Megan Stewart, development manager. 

Cody Homer from Fresh Meadows Country Club dedicated the day to the memory of his mother, whom he lost to breast cancer. Homer’s dedication and the generosity of the club membership led to a $30,000 donation. With sentiment for her dad who is bravely fighting cancer, Kacie Mulligan (pictured on right) hit the Southward Ho course just weeks before her wedding in mid-November. With her fiancé as caddy and parents in the gallery, she braved incredible fall winds and an early sunset to triumphantly finish her marathon. 

ACS offered two awards at the start of the season for Most Holes Played and Most Funds Raised. Brittany Ferrante (pictured on left) of the Village Club of Sands Point played 280 holes on Sept. 7, 2021, securing the title of Most Holes Played. Kacie Mulligan raised more than $70,000 in her highly successful endeavor, securing title of Most Funds Raised.

Participants in 2021 include Wayne Leal and Sean Sanders of Muttontown Country Club; Pat Gunning and John Stoklosa of Noyac Golf Club; Cody Homer of Fresh Meadows Country Club; Jimmy Farrell of Hamlet Golf and Country Club; Alex Willey of Meadowbrook Club; Melissa Rath and Rich Burns of Brookville Country Club; Matt Livolsi and Zack Yashnyk of Cherry Valley Club; Brittany Ferrante of Village Club at Sands Point; Kacie Mulligan of Southward Ho Country Club; Tim Shifflett and Scott Ford of Glen Oaks Club. Additionally, Jarett Leonard joined the Babes Against Cancer marathon at Norton Country Club in Massachusetts.

The first golf marathon on Long Island originated in 2019. Matt Demeo, an assistant golf professional from the Indian Hills Country Club, honored his mother’s battle with breast cancer and tested his ability to play as many holes and raise as many funds as he could. His efforts resulted in a $14,000 donation. In 2020, three individuals held golf marathons which helped to raise funds at a time when traditional fundraisers were on pause due to the restrictions in public gatherings due to COVID. These golf marathons provided a safe, socially distant, and fun way to support ACS. In 2021, the program greatly expanded, and 16 golf professionals joined the ranks.

  • Love Notes Around the World bloom for cancer patients

    ​LA-area staff and volunteers collected hundreds of notes during Rose Parade and Floatfest.

    ACS Los Angeles-area staff and volunteers spent Jan. 1 and 2 at the Tournament of Roses’ Floatfest in Pasadena, California, where the team hosted a booth amidst the fragrant floats like City of Hope. They interacted with hundreds of people who penned letters called Love Notes Around The World, which ACS staff planned to deliver to cancer patients via our nearby hospital system partners. 

    Love Notes launched digitally as a pilot project in 2020 with major corporations and participants now spanning the globe. This year more than $800 was contributed onsite and online to the campaign. 

    "Though we had an abundance of resources available, visitors mainly wanted the opportunity to share cancer stories in honor of or in memory of those they love and to offer support," said Dan Witzling, senior executive director. "Adults and children alike took their time writing thoughtful messages in multiple languages."

    Staff are grateful to the hosts of Tournament of Roses, particularly its Chair Dr. Bob Miller who ensured our booth would not incur any fees. The Rose Parade and Floatfest are managed primarily by hundreds of dedicated and longstanding volunteers, many of whom volunteer for decades and in multiple generations. This phenomenon is not unfamiliar with ACS, with our Relay For Life festival-style community gatherings that also bring together dedicated volunteer heroes and survivors. 

    Witzling shares thanks to Love Notes Founder Vivian Chan, LA Board Member Jean Kagan, Santa Clarita Relay For Life longtime volunteer Kathleen Pavard, Kathy Smith, Tyler Vacca, along with our staff team Abby Smith (lead, pictured), Sharon Hall, Jennifer Maduko, and all who participated.

  • WATCH Relay For Life Kickoff 2022 replay

    Share your #RelayFirstLap photos and videos from Saturday, Jan. 8 on social media.

    Excitement is ramping up for the 2022 Relay For Life season which kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 4, with a fun virtual event leading up to our official Relay First Lap on Saturday, Jan. 8. The question now is not, "Are you ready for Relay?" but "Is Relay ready for you?"

    A Relay Kickoff & First Lap Toolkit are available to help spread the word in your community and within your networks. The toolkit includes social posts and banners, post copy, and more. The save the date are available now available at these links: Kickoff and #RelayFirstLap.


    On Saturday, Jan. 8, Relayers came together for Relay First Lap – taking our first steps of the Relay season on the same day, wherever we are located. This can be a walk in your neighborhood, around your house, in a park nearby, or simply your favorite place to take a walk. Did you snap a photo or quick video? Please share  it on social media using the hashtag #RelayFirstLap. To learn more, follow the Relay First Lap Facebook page and/or watch this video.

    Relay 2022 Kickoff

    On Jan. 4, Saralyn Lash, a survivor and nationwide Relay For Life lead, and Jason Masony, a caregiver and nationwide Voice of Hope lead, led the virtual 2022 kickoff. Watch the replay on Facebook. We celebrated cancer survivors, remembered those lost to cancer, and shared ways we are fighting back. (You can also watch the replay on YouTube.)

    "A big part of my healing came when I was invited to Relay For Life, and I moved from being a victim of cancer to being a survivor whose life is celebrated by an entire Relay For Life community," said Lash, a 28-year survivor of endometrial cancer. "I have so many Relay friends now who are truly like family."

    "I think the worst thing we heard was the surgeon after the first surgery (who) said, "You know, if you got your preventive screenings we wouldn't have even needed this surgery or the chemotherapy we're about to talk about," recalled Masony, a caregiver who lost his wife to stage IV colon cancer. "So, I made it my life mission after that to make sure that I remind people about getting their preventive screenings and a second promise of continuing her fight."

    Sign up now

    During the past two years, Relayers have figured out how to continue to give back and fight back during a global pandemic. In 2022, Relay For Life events will continue across the country as safely as possible. If you haven’t already signed up for Relay For Life – please do so today.

  • Looking for a gift for a runner in your life?

    Shop at Gone For A Run and support ACS at the same time.

    The American Cancer Society has teamed up with Gone For A Run to offer our supporters exclusive cancer awareness running apparel, accessories, and more. 

    For each specialty cancer awareness item sold between now and Jan. 31, 2022, 25% of the sales price will be donated to ACS.

    It’s a great option for those last-minute gift items for runners/athletes, cancer survivors, and ACS supporters. Every purchase supports ACS and items come in a variety of cancer awareness colors and styles. 

    Gone For a Run is a running lifestyle brand founded in Connecticut in 2009. It supports and celebrates runners with thoughtful products, virtual races, and training series.

  • Holiday cards now available to order

    ​Reconnect with friends and loved ones while supporting ACS.

    Looking for a way to reconnect with your friends and loved ones this holiday season? There’s a card for every occasion on

    The site features gorgeous cards that can be personalized with custom text and greetings. Our extensive selection includes Christmas and Hanukkah cards, New Year, religious and non-denominational seasonal cards, personal photo cards for families and children, and cards designed by celebrities such as Tony Bennett and Lilly Pulitzer. 

    All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission, making this a meaningful alternative to traditional store-bought holiday greeting cards. 

    You may remember that Tony Bennett, the multiple Grammy Award and Emmy Award-winning musician and accomplished painter, has been designing a holiday card for ACS for over 27 years. This year he is featuring one of his favorites titled, “Home is Where the Heart Is.” Tony included this note to commemorate the 2021 holiday season:

    Dear Friends,

    In 2012, I created the holiday image that I entitled ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is,’ and it is one of my favorites of all the paintings that I have done for the American Cancer Society’s Holiday Card Series in the almost three decades since my involvement began for this most worthy project. When I thought about the painting for 2020, I realized that 'Home Is Where The Heart Is’ was the most fitting message to convey this holiday season so I have decided to bring this image back this year. I know it has been difficult and often tragic times for everyone on the planet and I have found that finding your "home" – wherever and with whomever that may be – is the most important thing to discover and hold on to when things get tough.

    I hope this image will once again inspire a sense of hope, good will and comfort to those who receive it this year and I send my best wishes for this holiday season out to everyone. With Love - Tony Bennett

    Tony paints under the name “Benedetto,” and his support of ACS was featured on in 2019. Click here to view all of his collection. And, click here to view our best selling Holiday Assortment featuring 24 of Tony’s favorite holiday cards from almost three decades of work.  

    Tony notes, “It’s been a labor of love to create an exclusive holiday card for the American Cancer Society Greetings program.” Thank you for sharing your many gifts with the ACS community, Tony. 

  • 2022 Voices of Hope calendar ready to order

    It celebrates survivors and raises funds for our mission.

    The American Cancer Society Voices of Hope is a nationwide group of cancer survivors and caregivers who share their personal stories of their cancer journey to inspire others to support our lifesaving mission. Serving as a highly visible model of personal victory over the disease, 14 of our Voices of Hope members are now being featured in a special calendar with all proceeds going to support the ACS mission.

    The 2022 calendar, titled “Once Upon a Relay,” celebrates the diversity of cancer survivors and caregivers, the journeys they each take, and the fairytale character each associates with the most. 

    Order calendars here. For a $20 donation to ACS you get one calendar, and a $30 donation will get you two.

    “The Once Upon A Relay calendar has been a fairy tale project for me, pun intended,” said Joe Gillette, longtime ACS volunteer from the Northeast Region. “My collaboration with members of the Voices of Hope survivors and caregivers has been enchanting. Pun intended again. At first glance you will no doubt get caught up in the color and creativity of each of the Voice's layouts. Then, on second glance, you will come to learn the moral of this project, that every voice can wield the most powerful tool of all – its story.”

    The Voices of Hope members featured in this calendar include:

    • Ashley McAuley, Houston, Texas
    • Becky Euler, Duncan Wakarusa, Kansas
    • Debbie Leslie, McDonald Alvin, Texas
    • Diane Denoyer, Traverse City, Michigan
    • Jason Masony, Medina, Ohio
    • Jean Tolley Grieve, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
    • Julie Turner, Vandalia, Ohio
    • Krista Lee, Elgin, Texas
    • Marcia Sharkey, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
    • Robin Campbell, Kingman, Arizona
    • Sara Thornburgh, Lebanon, Tennessee
    • Shelly Miller, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Theresa Sells Miller, Waller, Texas
    • Tina Clower Atchison, Little Elm, Texas 
    • Valerie Frazier, Martinsville, Indiana

  • Shoppers! Use AmazonSmile this holiday

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

    Heads up, Amazon shoppers: if you plan to do your holiday shopping on Amazon this year, be sure to select ACS as your charity of choice via It’s free to you and goes a long way toward supporting our mission work. 

    When Amazon shoppers select ACS as their charity of choice via, the company will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to ACS. If you already shop at Amazon, we can’t think of a good reason not to enroll in AmazonSmile. 

    There are three ways to shop via AmazonSmile:

    1. Start your shopping experience by clicking on ACS’s custom AmazonSmile link.   
    2. Go to and select the American Cancer Society as your charity of choice, then start each visit at
    3. Do your shopping via the AmazonSmile app. Follow these instructions

    To date, ACS has received more than $1.5 million in revenue from this program – real dollars to support our mission!

  • BrightEdge announces first Founder's Circle members

    These three impact donations total $2.5M.

    The American Cancer Society’s impact investment fund, BrightEdge LLC, this week named its first Founder’s Circle members, securing contributions totaling $2.5 million. 

    Launched with an initial $25 million investment from the American Cancer Society (ACS), the mission-driven fund invests in for-profit, early-stage companies developing cutting-edge, cancer-focused therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, and technologies. These impact investment donations are BrightEdge’s first since its formation.

    “The Founder’s Circle comprises a select group of trailblazers -- individuals, families, foundations, and companies who want to invest their compassion, experience, leadership, and financial support to help fulfill American Cancer Society’s mission to eradicate cancer,” said Alice Pomponio, managing director of BrightEdge. “Each of our Founder’s Circle members shares a common belief in patient-centric innovation and the value of market-based approaches to advance science and reduce cancer mortality.”

    Membership in the American Cancer Society BrightEdge Founder’s Circle requires a minimum $500,000 commitment over four years. BrightEdge has set a fundraising and portfolio performance target to grow the fund to $100 million by 2023.

    Alice, a former life sciences executive who also teaches biomedical innovation and healthcare entrepreneurship at Harvard-MIT Sloan Health Care Ventures and MIT LinQ Catalyst, has led BrightEdge since January 2021. In addition to a $1 million contribution received from an anonymous donor, today she announced BrightEdge’s first Founder’s Circle members:

    • Wood Next Fund, which contributed $1 million; and
    • Godard and Stacy Abel, who contributed $500,000. Serial tech entrepreneur Godard Abel is CEO of G2.

    “Every philanthropist should consider investing in a fund model structured along the lines of BrightEdge,” said Nancy Chan, Wood Next’s director of philanthropy. “We’re proud to be among the first Founder’s Circle members and actively join the fight against cancer. In particular, donors with a background in entrepreneurship and venture capital – who also have a strategic philanthropy mindset – should consider adding BrightEdge to their portfolios.” 

    “BrightEdge is the perfect vehicle to translate the philanthropic passion that Stacy and I share into tangible action to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fuel life-saving research and provide cancer patients with wide, equitable access to quality healthcare and support services,” said Godard Abel. “We’re 100% committed to supporting BrightEdge’s work to invest in groundbreaking patient-centric solutions and endow American Cancer Society for the future.” 

    BrightEdge makes equity investments in private companies to translate cancer research into commercially accessible solutions, while generating financial returns to help sustain ongoing cancer research and patient services. Opportunities are identified based on high impact priority areas and unmet needs, and investment decisions are made based on potential financial return and ability to achieve mission-driven social impact.

    Investment returns from the BrightEdge portfolio are reinvested in both the BrightEdge fund and ACS’ life-saving programs in research, access, and health equity. Since its formation in 2019, BrightEdge has invested $13.4 million in innovative cancer-related startups -- to propel ground-breaking patient-centric solutions.

    BrightEdge’s latest investments include Immunitas Therapeutics, which is developing immune oncology therapies based on prior American Cancer Society-funded research; and TailorMed, a digital financial navigation platform that helps remove financial barriers to cancer care. The fund’s portfolio now comprises 12 innovative companies working on solutions across the cancer-patient continuum -- from prevention/wellness, awareness/discovery, and testing to diagnosis, treatment and recovery management, thus deepening the Society’s mission to reduce cancer mortality and achieve health equity for all patients and families.

    For more information, visit

  • Start a Raise Your Way fundraiser today

    The platform empowers supporters to raise money for ACS anywhere, anytime.

    Raise Your Way lets anyone turn an activity they are passionate about into a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year, the Raise Your Way program has already raised more than $2M towards our mission. 

    Anyone wanting to start a new fundraiser through Raise Your Way can get started on the Raise Your Way website. It can support: 

    • An event or activity of the supporter’s choice
    • General ACS fundraising (with no restrictions or designations)
    • Specific restrictions or programs, such cancer research or mission programs
    • Walk events including Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

     Here's how to get started:

    1. Go to
    2. Select Fundraise under one of the available options: 
      • Donate Your Day
      • Create Your Own
      • Honor a Loved One
      • Let’s Conquer Lung Cancer
      • Fight Breast Cancer
    3. Click “Create a Page” and follow the setup process. 
    4. Customize your fundraising page and story. 
    5. Share the page with friends and family and start fundraising for ACS.

    If you want to direct funds raised through Raise Your Way to a specific cancer type or event, please talk to an ACS staff person to obtain special coding before you start fundraising.  


    • Raise Your Way Quick Reference Guide: Step-by-step instructions for fundraising your way. 
    • Code your fundraiser to your Society Key/campaign: Complete this form to get your code
    • Adding incentives to your fundraiser: Incentives entice donors to give by offering a desirable item or experience in return for a set donation amount. You can create a single incentive or a set of incentives to choose from. Learn more.
    • Adding milestones to your fundraiser: Milestones are a great way to encourage your donors to give more by helping you achieve fundraising mini goals on the way to raising the total target amount of your fundraiser. You can tie milestones to specific actions such as “When I raise $1,000, I’ll dye my hair blue.” Mission or patient services can also be used as goals. Learn more

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