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

​From March 12  - 31, Amazon is tripling the amount donated to ACS for first-time AmazonSmile shoppers. That means when new AmazonSmile users shop on Amazon during that time, 1.5% of their first purchase will be donated to ACS. Sign up here!

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

Every time you shop outside of this special promotion period, Amazon will give ACS  0.5% of what you spend to ACS. It may not sound like a lot – but it adds up quickly thanks to thousands who shop AmazonSmile every day. For details, read Amazon's Q&A about AmazonSmile.

And, if you did already sign up for AmazonSmile but never used it, now is the time to begin! Your first purchase is included in this promotion.

Spread the word with these suggested social media posts!


Amazon shoppers, if you haven’t used AmazonSmile when purchasing, now is the time! @AmazonSmile will triple the amount donated to @AmericanCancerSociety on your first purchase when you select ACS as your charity.


If you haven’t used AmazonSmile, now is the time! @AmazonSmile will triple the donation to @AmericanCancer on your first purchase when you select ACS as your charity.

  • March Madness and the 2018 NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament is underway!

    Coaches vs. Cancer® is teaming up once again with Infiniti to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Through Infiniti's Round by Round Bracket Challenge, the Society will receive a donation for every bracket completed in each round of the tournament. Sign up now!

    Infiniti will donate up to $700,000 to the Society, and we need your help to make sure we meet that goal. Please participate in the Infiniti bracket challenge by completing a bracket each week, and help spread the word to your friends, family, and volunteers through your own social media networks.

    If you've done this before, you already have a username and password. If you are new to this, you must register here.

    The bracket challenge runs through April 4. Read the rules and prize information.

    Deadlines for submitting your picks for each Round of the Sweepstakes are as follows:

    • First Round: Thursday, March 15, 11 a.m. ET - CLOSED
    • Second Round (opening soon), Saturday, March 17, 11:55 a.m. ET
    • Sweet Sixteen, Thursday, March 22, 6:55 p.m ET
    • Elite Eight, Saturday, March 24, 4:25 p.m. ET
    • Final Four, Saturday, March 31, 5:55 p.m. ET
    • Championship, Monday, April 2, 8:55 p.m. ET

    For each game, select the team you think is going to win by simply clicking on the team name. You must enter your projected winners for all games in a given Round. You will receive one point for each team you correctly pick to win. Be patient - rounds may not be open when you visit the site, so keep checking back! 

    The Final Four will take place in San Antonio March 31 - April 2. Coaches vs. Cancer will have a big presence there. More coming on that soon!

  • Relay Spring into Action fundraising challenge now underway

    Are you ready to help us spring into action for Relay For Life?

    We need your help to spread the word! From March 12 through Sunday, March 25, we're asking all Relay participants to spring into action and fundraise to help fight cancer with even more force.  

    We want our Relay participants to share some of the ways their efforts can attack cancer. Maybe they want to raise $100 that could help 10 newly diagnosed patients get personalized info kits, or $125 that might give five people access to a live 24/7 helpline. They also can share a photo or video of themselves literally springing into action, or a great fundraising idea. The more they share, the more funds we can raise!

    As a token of appreciation for Relay participants who fundraise for this two-week period, we're giving away super comfortable purple air couches to the top 100 national online fundraisers.

    Please note -- only donations made online, or via the ACS Mobile Fundraising App, count towards the campaign total. The campaign ends on Sunday, March 25, at 12:59 a.m. ET.

    We encourage our Relay participants to:

    • Share their most impactful fundraising idea on Relay Connect 
    • Post a video/photo on Facebook of themselves or their team springing into action

    Since word-of-mouth is our most powerful tool, discuss the challenge with your volunteers and fellow Relay participants!

    Check out the current leaderboard.


  • Relay tops 2017 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Thirty; Making Strides surpasses Race for a Cure

    According to the Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Thirty, Relay For Life still ranks #1, and Making Strides income surpassed Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure in 2017. The 2017 Top 10 are pictured above, and ACS events rank #1 and #9.

    The Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Forum released its annual survey on March 1, the day its annual conference opened in Miami. It was attended by Susan Petre, our VP, Staff Events & Innovation, and both she and Maria Clark, senior VP, Volunteer Events, are featured in the event's kickoff video about peer-to-peer fundraising (P2P) created by Charity Dynamics.  (P2P refers to the practice of having a nonprofit's supporters take part in an activity and ask their friends, family members, and colleagues for donations. Charity Dynamics is a consulting and technology company that specializes in P2P fundraising.)

    "I definitely walked away feeling, and hearing from so many of our peers, that the American Cancer Society continues to be seen as THE leader in this space," said Susan.

    The survey shows that 20 of the top 30 events suffered declines in revenue, including all the top 10. It says these campaigns raised nearly $1.45 billion dollars in 2017, down 6.6% compared to 2016. The survey says these fundraisers have seen their collective revenues drop each year since 2012.  

    Relay For Life has been experiencing a decline in revenue over the past decade after raising more than $400M in 2008.  However, the survey says "most large programs are raising more money per participant, and many charities are moving beyond staging massive national-level campaigns and are focusing on producing a mix of programs that engage more targeted audiences and generate higher margins. As a result, their flagship campaigns are growing more efficient — and they are able to reach new fundraisers with innovative programming that keeps them more engaged."

    The survey also notes: "In the past, peer-to-peer fundraising was dominated by large national health charities that played host to multi-city events. But the landscape has shifted in recent years with the explosion of social media and do-it-yourself fundraising, in which individuals can easily launch their own campaigns to raise money for their favorite charities."

    Sound familiar? We've been putting more power in the hands of our volunteers for several years. "As the peer-to-peer fundraising landscape changes, we are building new ways, and providing new resources, to empower our volunteers to support the ACS in ways that resonate with them and their communities," commented Maria.

    The survey discusses Relay For Life at length, including our $49 million, or 17.56 percent, decline from 2016 to 2017.  "The campaign, however, was much more efficient than it was in previous years. The American Cancer Society reported that it produced 930 fewer Relay For Life events in 2017 than the 4,500 it produced just one year earlier. With that smaller footprint, each Relay For Life participant raised an average of $115 in 2017 — up more than 11 percent compared with the $103.33 the average participant raised in 2016. At the same time, the organization is working to cultivate a number of smaller, more nimble programs." It then goes on to talk about the success of Real Men Wear Pink, which raised $7 million last year, up from $5.5 million in 2016.

    "Today, success is measured by your strategy and your ability to meet your key audiences where they are with programs that connect with them. Because of that, we're seeing a number of leading nonprofits move away from having one or two signature events, and toward a portfolio of campaigns that give their constituents a variety of ways to participate and support the organization," said Donna Wilkins, founder of Charity Dynamics.

    Here are some other interesting tidbits:

    • Making Strides has now passed Komen Race for the Cure in terms of revenue. Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which had two events in the rankings, faced significant decreases in both campaigns. The Komen Race for the Cure series, which raised about $61 million, saw revenues decline nearly 19 percent from 2016. The Komen 3-Day event raised $16 million in 2017, down just over 19 percent. In both cases, the charity held the same number of events as in 2016.  Komen has dropped to 10th place and could possibly be out of the top 10 events next year. 
    • Relay is still nearly twice as big as the Heart Walk in terms of revenue. Heart is down overall this year. Between their youth programs and the Heart Walk, they posted a combined 11.7% decline. That wipes out much of the combined 13.9% increase they reported last year.
    • Walk to End Alzheimer's posted a second consecutive year of growth.
    • The Pan-Mass Challenge, a bike-athon to support Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raised $57 million in 2017, making it the largest single event based on participants' fundraising in America. It enjoyed a nearly 14 percent increase over 2016's total.
    • Children's Miracle Network Hospital's dance marathons raised almost $39 million in 2017, growing nearly 20 percent, faster than any other campaign in the top 30. It also saw the biggest jump in the number of participants from year to year, at 20 percent.
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Cycle for Survival increased more than 13 percent last year, for a total of $34 million. The event is one in which teams of four participants ride stationary bikes in back-to-back 50-minute sessions.
    • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sustained the biggest drop in donations. Its Team in Training events raised just over $24 million in 2017, a drop of nearly 28 percent. However, the charity's Light the Night events increased 8 percent in 2017, to $74 million, even as the charity held 10 fewer of the events last year than in 2016.
    • The American Diabetes Association, which held five fewer Tour de Cure events in 2017 than it had the previous year, saw revenue drop about 21 percent.

    PHOTO: Pictured in the smaller photo, left to right, are Maria Clark and Susan Petre. 

  • Florida wins the 3-Point Challenge

    The Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge ended Sunday, March 4, with the University of Florida coming out on top. Gators fans raised more than $67,000 for the Society. UCLA finished second, with more than $19,000. Eighty-three schools collected pledges.

    High school teams finished their January competition with more than 330 high schools signed up and more than $70,000 raised. This year's top fundraising high school was Erskine Academy in Maine, with $10,000 raised.

    All in all, the 3-Point Challenge raised more than $240,000 for our mission.

    With a unique URL, fans from around the country were able to make online pledges for their favorite teams and watch the donations from 3-point shots roll in to help the Society fight cancer. 

    This year's enhanced program featured:

    •  An interactive digital platform with a customized site for each school
    •  The chance for friendly competition with school rivals
    •  An interactive leaderboard to view the standings
    •  Enhanced social media sharing to encourage more participation and competition

    A little history

    Twenty-five years ago, Norm Stewart, former head coach of the University of Missouri's men's basketball program, colorectal cancer survivor, and member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, provided the vision and inspiration to create Coaches vs. Cancer. He challenged fans to pledge a dollar amount for every 3-point shot made by his team during the season. The concept, then called the 3-Point Attack, evolved into a nationwide effort uniting coaches, fans, players, and communities across the country to assist in the fight against cancer.

  • ACS is the "Featured Monthly Charity" on Humble Bundle

    ​Our global cancer control work stands to get an injection of funds, currently estimated at $500,000, thanks to our partnership with Humble Bundle, a digital storefront for video games, ebooks, and software. The first week of the promotion raised $234,000, and it's not uncommon for charities to surpass a half million dollars as the Featured Monthly Charity – which we are from Feb. 2 to March 2. 

    The San Francisco-based company is donating 5% of the subscription cost from Humble Bundle March Monthly Games subscriptions to ACS. And, over the promotional period, Humble Bundle is making a guaranteed contribution from customers who purchase qualified game bundles sitewide, explained Maya Alostaz, program manager, Corporate Account Operations in Seattle. 

    Coming soon to the charities section of Humble Bundle's website will be a thank-you video created by Ashley Wright in our multi-media team that explains our work around the world, including our support of the Kenyatta National Hospital Hope Hostel (pictured above), and our Prevent 20 work that arms citizens with the tools they need to lobby for higher tobacco taxes, a proven way to reduce smoking. More than 20% of all cancer deaths in the world are attributable to tobacco use – and completely avoidable. The narrator of the video is Jassie Dhillon, program coordinator, Global Cancer Prevention and Early Detection. 

    Humble Bundle is a company that believes in doing good in the world. "In the early conversations they expressed a desire to focus on international organizations versus domestic, so it was natural to pitch the work we are doing in lower-income countries like Kenya, where the disparities are the greatest," said Vita Sarginson, director, Regional Corporate Relations, in Sacramento, CA.   

    Humble Bundle has more than 300,000 customers, predominately males between the ages of 19 and 34.

    It has raised more than $122 million for charity since its founding in 2010. Back in 2013, it raised $10.5 million for six charities in just two weeks, including $1.65 million for ACS. 

    Its website says: "By focusing our community's efforts on one cause at a time, we can work together to make an even bigger impact for each one."




  • It's Suits And Sneakers® Week! Fans can bid on their favorite coach's autographed sneakers and ties

    Thousands of basketball coaches from across the country will forego their dress shoes in favor of sneakers to wear with their suits during the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week, January 22-28.

    New this year is an online auction hosted by eBay for Charity, where Division I basketball fans can bid on their favorite coach's autographed sneakers and ties. Check out the merchandise! The auction opened Jan. 20, and will run through Jan. 30. Fifty-one NCAA Division I college basketball coaches will be donating the sneakers and ties they wore during Suits And Sneakers Week – with the apparel signed by them.

    The ties have been designed by our newest partner Vineyard Vines,a clothing and accessory retailer founded in 1998 on Martha's Vineyard, MA. Thirty percent of the proceeds from the sale of each tie will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.

    We're also partnering again with Shoe Carnival and Princess Lacey's Laces, with proceeds from the sale of gold shoelaces supporting Coaches vs. Cancer (85%) and Princess Lacey's Legacy (15%), specifically to fight pediatric cancer. Lacey Holsworth was an ardent basketball fan who died of cancer in 2014, when she was 8 years  old. The laces can be purchased online and in Shoe Carnival stores.

    For the past 20 years, coaches have donned sneakers during Suits and Sneakers week to raise awareness of the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing one's cancer risk. This year, we are thrilled to be adding a bigger fundraising component to the event.

    Help spread the word!
    Let all the basketball fans you know about the opportunity to bid on coaches' game-worn apparel. Below are some sample social media posts. 

    Sample tweets

    Sample Facebook posts

    • Save lives from cancer while bidding on your favorite basketball coaches' sneakers during Suits And Sneakers Week Jan 22-28! 100% of the proceeds will help provide free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, breakthrough research, and much more to help fight cancer each and every day. Bid now and help us attack cancer from every angle.  
    • Join us in wearing a special pair of Princess Lacey's Laces, in memory of Lacey Holsworth. Let's attack cancer from every angle. Visit #laceupforlacey #coachesvscancer #suitsandsneakers  
    • The basketball community lost a huge fan when Lacey Holsworth passed away at just 8 years old. Help us honor her memory by wearing a special pair of Princess Lacey's Laces, from Shoe Carnival stores or Help us attack cancer from every angle. #laceupforlacey #coachesvscancer #suitsandsneakers  

  • CT high school student working to raise awareness of cervical cancer

    Tatyana Williams was only four years old when she lost her mother to cervical cancer. Now, a 10th grader at Metro Learning Center in Bloomfield, CT, Tatyana had made  a point to learn about cervical cancer and spread awareness by doing her academic personal project on the disease and how it affects a family.

    Tatyana established three goals when she chose her topic: memorialize her mother, spread awareness, and raise funds through a GoFundMe site.. So far, she has raised $760 for ACS.

    She is spreading her knowledge -- and the importance of getting vaccinated for the human papilloma virus (HPV) -- at local health fairs. She asks those who stop by her table to pledge to teach their friends and family about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine. These pledges were collected on a poster board created titled, "Teal There's A Cure." (Teal is the color associated with Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.)

    "It is inspiring to see a high school student take the initiative to spread cervical cancer awareness throughout her community, and touching to see her honoring the memory of her mother," commented Wendy Matthews, executive director, community development, for the Hartford/Providence area in the Northeast Region.

    January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and serves as a reminder to all women to speak with their physicians about the risks of developing the disease, what causes it, and what they can do to prevent it. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer linked to HPV in women and can be found early and even prevented with routine screenings and tests.

    PHOTO: In the top photo, from left, Tatyana Williams Tatyana Williams; Maryanne Goss, health systems manager; and Wendy Matthews, executive director, community development.

  • Round 1 of the INFINITI challenge closes Sunday - vote daily!

    Voting in Round ​1 of the INFINITI Coaches Charity Challenge ends Sunday, Jan. 21, at 11:59 a.m. ET. None of our seven NCAA Men's Division 1 basketball coaches who have chosen Coaches vs. Cancer as their charity have made it into the top 24 (of 48) yet, which is required to move on to Round 2, but Iowa's Fran McCaffrey is getting close, along with Notre Dame's Mike Brey and Alabama's Avery Johnson. Let's boost their rankings by voting every day!

    The coaches who have chosen Coaches vs. Cancer as their charity are:

    • Avery Johnson: Alabama
    • Scott Drew: Baylor
    • Bryce Drew: Vanderbilt
    • Fran McCaffrey: Iowa
    • Lon Kruger: Oklahoma
    • Mike Brey: Notre Dame
    • Bruce Weber: Kansas State

    Please share this URL -- -- with your family, friends, and volunteers. There is no log-in required, and you can vote for one coach twice every day -- once on your computer or device, and once on Twitter or Instagram. You must use these two hashtags in your posts: #Timeout2vote + #CoachFirstName_LastName. Here is a sample:

    A timeout can change a game. Now it can change a life. Take a #Timeout2Vote for #CoachFirstNameLastName. Vote now at INFINITITIMEOUT.COM

    The dates of the next rounds are:

    • Round 2: 1 p.m. ET Jan. 22 – 11:59 a.m. ET on Feb. 11 
    • Round 3: 1 p.m. ET Feb. 12 – 11:59 a.m. ET Feb. 25 
    • Final Round: 1 p.m. ET Feb. 26 – 11:59 a.m. ET on March 10

    The winner will be announced on on March 11, after noon ET.

    How the voting works

    Over four rounds of voting, fans will whittle the field of 48 coaches down to a final four. The coach with the most votes after four rounds wins $100,000 for their charity. Each charity will receive money for every round their representative coach is voted through, with the minimum amount they receive increasing round by round. In total, INFINITI will donate a total of $349,000 to the coaches' charities.

    Another way to give us a boost!

    For every photo you post on Instagram of yourself forming the time out hand pose will count as a vote for your coach. Please follow these steps:

    1. Take a picture of yourself forming the time out hand pose. Use a black and white filter.
    2. Use the hashtag #Timeout2Vote in your caption.
    3. Don't forget to mention the coach you want your vote to count for: #CoachFirstName_LastName.
    4. Also include the hashtag #contest

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