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Our Hallmark promotion is now on at CVS stores nationwide, August 2 - 22

ACS and Hallmark are joining forces again this year to help people communicate compassionately and show support and encouragement for patients on their journey.  

This new line of greeting cards is exclusively available at CVS stores nationwide and on cvs.com from August 2 - August 22, 2020. 

Hallmark will donate $1 to ACS for every card purchased during that three-week period, up to $50,000. Spread the word!

Hallmark designed the cards based on industry trends, with input from ACS on how to communicate thoughtfully with the cancer community. 

We are proud to have partnered with top card designers to bring this new patient-centric line to life and make it available at CVS retail, now a health destination. 

  • Relay For Life campus top performers raise over $3 million

    Although the school year for most students was impacted by COVID-19, high school and college Relay For Life events throughout the nation did not stop raising critical funds for our mission. Our campus top performers have collectively raised $3,068,175! 

    In this video, our CEO Gary Reedy,shares his appreciation to our top performing events especially during this difficult year. 

    The top performing events (listed below) have a lot to be proud of including: 

    • College events: Raised $1,953,192. 
    • High school events: Raised $854,992. 
    • Growth events: Raised $137,431, growing $68,053 year over year (49.5% growth). 
    • Facebook Fundraising: Events with a high utilization of Facebook Fundraisers raised $122,560, with $57,934 of those dollars from Facebook Fundraising (47.3%). 
    • ACS Fundraising App: A high school event in Kansas had 569 registered participants, with 204 using the fundraising app (35.9%). This is high utilization of the app. 

    Below are the top performing college and high school events – in no particular order – for the 2020 Relay For Life season. The full list of campus top performers can be found here.

    Top 15 Revenue Grossing College Relays

    • University of Michigan (MI)
    • Northeastern University (MA)
    • Saint Anselm College (NH)
    • SUNY Geneseo (NY)
    • Saint Louis University (MO)
    • Washington University in Saint Louis (MO) 
    • Florida International University (FL)
    • Florida State University (FL)
    • University of Georgia (GA)
    • Elon University (NC)
    • San Juan Estudiantil (PR)
    • University of South Carolina (SC) 
    • James Madison University (VA)
    • Virginia Tech (VA)
    • University of Oklahoma (OK) 

    Top 6 Revenue Grossing High School Relays

    • Father Ryan (TN)
    • District 88 Youth (IL)
    • Elizabeth (NJ)
    • Union County Vocational Tech Schools (NJ)
    • Blue Valley Youth (KS)
    • Mission San Jose High School (CA)

    Top 3 Year-Over-Year Growth

    • University of Vermont (VT)
    • Boise State (ID)
    • University of Iowa (IA)

    Facebook Fundraising 

    • Grand Valley State University (MI)
    • Longwood University (VA)

    ACS Fundraising App Adoption

    • Jaguar Nation (KS)


  • #GoldTogether apparel available to purchase now through August 7

    The #GoldTogether movement is a national program that is helping attack childhood cancer. Funds raised by #GoldTogether will support childhood cancer research, services, and awareness, as well as cancer prevention efforts targeting children.

    Through Friday, August 7, #GoldTogether apparel is available for purchase through the e-commerce store. All proceeds benefit #GoldTogether initiatives.

    All items will be delivered in September in time for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Free shipping on all orders over $100.

    The #GoldTogether movement was created by the positive energy of pediatric brain cancer survivor and Relay For Life volunteer, Cole Eicher. His vision started with one team in St. Petersburg, Florida. It quickly grew into over 200 #GoldTogether Relay For Life teams fighting together to attack childhood cancer with the help of his mom, Laura Eicher, Senior Pediatric Initiatives Manager.

    Since 2014, the #GoldTogether movement has raised over $1 million for kids fighting cancer.

    Childhood cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14, and the leading disease-related cause of death for children and adolescents ages 1 to 19. Every two minutes a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with cancer, and one in five in the US will not survive, but with the help of #GoldTogether supporters we can fight together and change the odds for kids with cancer. 




  • Campus Runs the World hopes to raise $150,000 in one week

    Join nearly 200 participants to help the American Cancer Society On Campus run across the world – 24,901 miles – over the course of one week.

    From Saturday, August 1 through Saturday August 8, Campus Runs the World is hoping to not only log 24,901 miles, but also raise $150,000. Participants are encouraged to run, walk, or hike their way to the virtual finish line.

    In this video, our CEO Gary Reedy shares his excitement to help campus volunteers run around the world to fundraise for the fight against cancer.

    If you or someone you know is interested in registering, visit ACS On Campus Runs the World. Participants should start tracking miles on Saturday, August 1.

    Follow participants from across the nation through #ACSOnCampus and #CRTW on social media platforms! 

    American Cancer Society On Campus is now the unified name on college campuses throughout the nation replacing Colleges Against Cancer.


  • RSVP for the national Making Strides kickoff on Aug. 11

    It will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and makingstrideswalk.org

    Our commitment to fighting breast cancer is stronger than ever, but how we rally communities and celebrate this fall will look very different.

    Although in 2020 we won't convene crowds of walkers, we will mobilize this movement in several new ways that will still engage our communities and raise critical revenue to sustain research and programming. This will include our kickoff rally.

    You are invited to join past and current participants, team leaders, sponsors, and supporters for the first-ever nationwide Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff on Tuesday, August 11, at 12 p.m. ET! Northeast Region volunteers are welcome to join the national kickoff in addition to their regional kickoff on August 13.

    Our lineup of guests includes:

    • Host and emcee: Marquetta Bryan, Georgia Area Board Chair
    • Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE, ACS, Inc. Board Scientific Officer, will speak to breast cancer disparities and the American Cancer Society's health equity work.  
    • Personal stories from breast cancer survivors Latashia Agelink and Shannon Vick.
    • Interview with ACS-funded breast cancer researcher Darren Roblyer, PhD.
    • Kris Kim, chief operating officer, will share an ACS leadership message.

    We know there's a whole lot going on in the world right now, but this fight matters more than ever. The nationwide kickoff rally will inspire and re-ignite your passion to defeat breast cancer.

    How to join

    We envision a future where our daughters – our children – will no longer live with the threat of breast cancer. Unfortunately, their future is at risk. We can't and won't allow progress to be put on hold because of COVID-19. At risk are more and better treatments and discoveries that will improve and save lives.


  • Commentary in Barron's highlights plight of ACS

    ​Author supports increase in federal charitable tax deduction to increase donations to non-profits

    A commentary by a professor at Duke and Columbia universities focuses on the financial crisis in which non-profits find themselves, including ACS, due to COVID-19.

    Titled "Hard-Hit Nonprofits Face Rising Demand, Less Funding," the commentary by Stanley S. Litow, says:

    "On a national level, the American Cancer Society has seen a spike in demand for their services, which include a hotline and advice for cancer victims,concurrent with a steep decline in funding. I recently interviewed CEO Gary Reedy, who said they have already laid off roughly 1,000 people, about 25% of their workforce. He expects a revenue decline of close to $200 million. These cuts, he said, would impact their ability to continue their significant investment in cancer research, which totaled nearly $150 million in 2018."

    The author also notes that: "A June survey by the Independent Sector showed that 83% of these organizations have already seen a marked reduction in their revenue. Nearly two-thirds of 125 agencies surveyed by the Human Services Council of New York believe they will have to reduce services to those most in need as a result of budget shortfalls, and 70% expect to be laying off staff. State and local budget shortfalls will only increase the risks."

    Litow, who also serves as IBM’s vice president of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and president of IBM’s Foundation, advocates for increased philanthropic support in the form of more generous matching gift programs, incentives for skill-based volunteering, expanding no-interest lending, and an increase in the federal charitable tax deduction to boost donations.

    Read the full commentary.


  • #ShareTheLight live event raised nearly $200,000

    ​Help us keep up the momentum on social media

    Our star-studded #ShareTheLight live event raised just under $200,000 across web, social, mobile, and email! If you missed it, you can watch a replay here.

    The July 16 live event was just the launch of our #ShareTheLight social media campaign, and we need your help to keep up the momentum on social media. We’re asking every staff member to help. Here's how: 

    • Share a photo or video with your light – a match, candle, luminaria – to honor a survivor and then post it to your social circle. Challenge your friends and family members to share the light and make a donation. Be sure to tag the American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancerSociety) and use the hashtag #ShareTheLight. Any social site is fine, but we raise the most money on Facebook.
    • Sample video script: I’m lighting this match in honor of my best friend’s dad Scott Dietrich who lost his battle to cancer and for Lori Zenker who currently got word she is officially cancer free, but is still actively recovering. It’s so important to put faces and names to this horrible disease. That is why I’m sharing the light and donating $50 to the American Cancer Society in Scott and Lori’s honor. I challenge Natalie Ault, Jordy Anderson, and Lukas Metz to Share the Light in the fight against cancer and match my donation!
    • Sample social post: Cancer affects us ALL. I nominate @NatalieAult, @JordyAnderson, and @LukasMetz to donate to @AmericanCancerSociety and post how you are going to #ShareTheLight in honor of those who have fought, are fighting, and will fight cancer in their lifetime.

    Thank you!




  • This year's Pan Ohio Hope Ride offers top fundraisers a safe relay option

    ​The 328-mile route from Cleveland to Cincinnati has been divided into 36 segments, with each rider completing an 8- to 12-mile portion alone

    Our Pan Ohio Hope Ride is virtual this year, with participants creating their own 328 miles on local trails and roadways throughout the month of July as they raise funds and awareness for our mission.

    The 14th annual event will culminate with a volunteer-led, socially distant Relay of Hope ride taking place on the original dates of the four-day cycling tour, July 23-26. The usual 328-mile route from Cleveland to Cincinnati has been divided into 36 segments, with each Relay of Hope cyclist to complete an 8- to 12-mile portion of the route, one at a time, until the last rider finishes in Cincinnati.

    It is a long-standing Pan Ohio Hope Ride tradition for cyclists to pin or write the names of those they are riding for on their jerseys to remind themselves of their “why” as they take on the at-times arduous 328-mile journey. This year, all participants, virtual and relayers, were invited to submit names of those they ride for to be included in capsules that will accompany each rider.

    “The Relay of Hope is a way for us to keep the spirit of the Pan Ohio Hope Ride alive in a safe way during this time when so much is virtual. These cyclists, which include our top fundraisers, some of our Champions of Hope who have survived cancer, will be carrying more than 1,000 names with them," said Stacy McGrath, Pan Ohio Hope Ride, 2020 chair.

    Volunteers from the executive leadership committee will be accompanying the entire relay to provide support. Follow Pan Ohio Hope Ride on Facebook and Twitter to meet each of the Hope Relayers as they complete their leg of the journey. 

    The relay begins at 7 a.m. July 23 at John Carroll University in Cleveland, with Rick Barnhart riding in honor of his teammate, Jim Bond Sr., a longtime Pan Ohio Hope Ride champion, top event fundraiser, and cancer survivor. Thursday will see nine legs from Cleveland to Wooster for a total of 11 cyclists riding 85.4 miles.

    To date, the 2020 Pan Ohio Hope Ride has raised more than $470,000, bringing the 14-year total to $9.7 million. They are hoping to hit $600,000 this year.

    Participants who raise at least $5,000 by July 25 will get to join a Zoom thank you call with our CEO Gary Reedy at 5 p.m. that day.




  • Learn about our $100 million Cancer Research Funding Campaign

    One of our most ambitious undertakings this year is to raise $100 million to invest in our research program. This restricted giving campaign is part of our $512 million goal. A campaign landing page on cancer.org will launch in late August.

    Each year, we invest $100 million in new research. But, because of the budget shortfall due to COVID-19, we are at risk of cutting cancer research funding by 50 percent this year. This would represent our lowest investment in this century.

    We can’t let that happen. As the largest non-governmental funder of cancer research in the U.S., institutions and young investigators all over the country are counting on us. Patients, too.

    Failing to invest in research now means that we will have fewer preventative tools, fewer treatment options, lost progress towards a cure, and ultimately, more deaths from cancer in the future.

    Our outstanding track record is well known: 49 of the researchers we have funded, many early in their careers, have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. So, be proud when you talk to people about our research program. Let them know that cancer breakthrough begins perhaps 10-20 years earlier. If research is disrupted today, it means lives lost tomorrow.

    Each of us can support this campaign. We urge all volunteers and staff to engage their personal networks in this campaign to help keep a generation of research alive.

    Helping us will be our national and area board members, who have been challenged to raise $1 million with the help of volunteer leaders across the enterprise. Additional details on the board challenge will be shared with board members in early August. 

    Resources and reminders: 

    The American Cancer Society has been in this fight for more than 100 years. We’ve played a role in almost every major cancer research breakthrough in the last century. But now our research program is in jeopardy. Won’t you join the campaign to help save it?




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