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Support ACS when you enter for a chance to win a trip to London to see the Jaguars vs. Texans

Our NFL Crucial Catch London sweepstakes kicks off this week! One lucky winner and a guest will go on the trip of a lifetime to visit London and watch the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars play at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, November 3. The grand prize will include game tickets, a meet and greet with Johnathan Joseph of the Houston Texans and A.J. Bouye of the Jacksonville Jaguars, round-trip flight to London, and lodging.

The game tickets come to us courtesy of Bouye and Joseph who are two of ACS' newest NFL Ambassadors. Both are committed to helping ACS save lives and celebrate lives due to their own cancer experiences. AJ Bouye lost his mom to breast and brain cancer when he was just 15-months old.  Johnathan Joseph lost his father to lung cancer.

Through your own social channels, help us make this partnership a touchdown by encouraging friends and family to visit crucialcatch.nfl.com by October 13 and ask them to donate a minimum of $10 for a chance to win. The more donated, the greater the chance of winning!

ACS and the NFL have reached over 902,000 individuals with cancer prevention information, screening education and patient support and provided breast cancer screenings to over 257,000 women in underserved communities. Donations will support CHANGE grants to support access to health care, free screenings, and education about cancer.

ACS staff and volunteer leaders including Area Board members, national Board members, event Chairs, and committee members are not eligible to win.

  • RFL celebrates 35th anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 10

    Don't miss a day of live videos, prize giveaways, and more!  

    Join us for this virtual anniversary celebration of Relay Across the USA on Tuesday, September 10, as we look back at the impact our cancer-fighting efforts have made around the country. The virtual anniversary celebration will take place starting at 8:35 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 10, through this Facebook event

    Staff and volunteers are asked to join the event on Facebook and to help promote it through social media. 

    Here is the schedule. All times are Eastern.

    • 8:35 a.m.  LIVE from Washington DC - 35 Years!
    • 9:35 a.m.  Hope Lodge Highlight
    • 10:35 a.m.  Fundraising with Facebook
    • 11:35 a.m. Fall Fundraising Challenge Reveal
    • 12:35 p.m.  LIVE from Washington DC - Relay USA
    • 1:35 p.m.  Mission:  HPV Cancer Free
    • 2:35 p.m.  All Star & Grand Club Recognition
    • 3:35 p.m. Luminaria Spotlight
    • 4:35 p.m. Global Relay For Life
    • 5:35 p.m.  LIVE from Washington DC -ACS CAN
    • 6:35 p.m.  FUNdraising App  
    • 7:35 p.m. Fundraising Outside the Box
    • 8:35 p.m. LIVE from Washington DC - Lights of Hope

    Ways people can TAKE ACTION!

    Help build a strong foundation to the start of the next Relay season so we can continue to fund our mission and make the American Cancer Society more impactful in leading the fight against cancer in your community.

    To join the celebration and/or see a full schedule of events, visit RelayForLife.org/Kickoff or 2020 Relay For Life Kickoff event on Facebook

    If you have any questions, contact Hannah Fielder, senior manager, constituent development. 


  • ACS honors actor Patrick Dempsey

    The actor and philanthropist received an Impact Award at our Cal Spirit 34 Food and Wine Benefit on August 18

    Actor Patrick Dempsey, best known for his role as neurosurgeon Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd in the TV show Grey's Anatomy, was honored with an American Cancer Society Impact Award on Sunday for his work helping those diagnosed with cancer through his Dempsey Centers in Maine.

    The sold-out event was held at the Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, CA. The California Spirit Food and Wine Benefit has raised more than $16 million over 34 years, and this year's event was over goal. 

    Dempsey, 53, who attended with his wife, Jillian Fink, and his daughter, Tallulah, 17, founded the first Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine, in 2008, wanting to give back to the community where he grew up, and where his mother, Amanda, first received treatment for ovarian cancer in 1997. She died in 2014.

    There are now two centers in his home state of Maine - in Lewiston and South Portland - where 2,500 cancer patients receive free services every year.

    The honorary chairs for Cal Spirit 34 were Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount Pictures and the first woman to head a Hollywood movie studio, and Phil Rosenthal, the Emmy Award-winning creator and writer for “Everyone Loves Raymond,” “Spanglish,” and “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.” He currently stars in “Somebody Feed Phil” on Netflix. 

    Lansing founded California Spirit in 1984 as her way to give back after her mother died from ovarian cancer. She has remained committed to the event throughout its 34-year history. 

    The host chef for Cal Spirit 34 was Antonia Lofaso, a chef, TV personality, cookbook author, and restaurant owner. Her dad is a two-time cancer survivor. Emcee was June Quan, Esq., founder of the popular Instagram page “Stir and Style.” She lost a grandmother to pancreatic cancer, an aunt is a survivor of ovarian cancer, and another aunt is currently fighting breast cancer.

    In addition to enjoying the gourmet food, guests had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, where they could bid on items ranging from a VIP experience at Jimmy Kimmel Live! to dinner at Spago or a whiskey package from Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. Live auction items included a Dodger Stadium luxury box experience and a trip to Paris to watch the French Open. Lansing may have raised the most money for any item when she auctioned off a dinner and film screening for 12 at her home theater. Three different guests agreed to pay $11,000 each for the experience.

    Following the dinner hour, there were speeches from Lansing, Rosenthal, and Dempsey, as well as from teenager Caitlin Herron, who detailed her experience as a young cancer survivor. Also speaking briefly was Harry Joseph Lennix III, co-star of the NBC drama The Blacklist.

    The annual Dempsey Challenge, a walk, run, bike event in the Lewiston-Auburn, helps support the Dempsey Centers. In October 2009, when Dempsey introduced the first Dempsey Challenge, registration was closed after reaching the goal of 3,500 cyclists, runners, and walkers. The event raised more than $1 million for the cancer center. The Challenge has become an annual October event presented by Amgen. 

    Tickets to California Spirit were $250 per person and sponsorships started at $5,000.

    To learn even more and see lots of photos, visit the Average Socialite website.

    TOP PHOTO: From left, Jeff Klaas, EVP, West Region; Phil Rosenthal; Sherry Lansing; and Patrick Dempsey.


  • Ocean City, MD, Poor Girls Open has raised more than $1M for ACS

    Attacking cancer from all lady anglers

    The 26th Annual Captain Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open made a big splash against breast cancer again, supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Ocean City, Maryland. The three-day billfish-release tournament, a ladies-only event, took place August 15-17.

    Last year the event, which has benefited ACS  for more than a decade, surpassed the $1 million mark in fundraising to help fight breast cancer with the Society. 

    This year was larger and more exciting than ever with a record 925 anglers and 182 boats registered and raised $140,000 for the second year in a row.  In 2017, the event raised $125,000.

    The daily weigh in attracts a huge audience to see the winning fish in the entry levels for billfish, tuna, wahoo, and dolphin.  An amazing highlight this year was a new Maryland state record set by a lady angler for a 74.5 pound dolphin, also known as mahi mahi, which made news statewide and was reported by the The Washington Post.

    The Poor Girls Open was founded by Captain Steve Harman as a way for local waitresses and bartenders to have an affordable, fun competition with proceeds donated to a local charity.  He died in 2004, but Steve’s brother Shawn and the Harman family, who own Bahia Marina, carry on the tradition.  

    Volunteers from the Pink Ribbon Classic Events Committee and Mary Bellis, senior manager, community development, provide incredible support, putting in many hours of work for the tournament. 

    “It is a privilege to work with the Harman family and the tournament crew. The efforts of this group in engaging the local community and providing an extraordinary experience for the participants ensures the continuing success of this event,” said Mary.

    For more information, visit www.poorgirlsopen.com.


  • Hallmark cards now available at CVS support ACS

    Sometimes it's hard to know what to say when someone is affected by cancer, but these cards help show your love and support.

    With Hallmark’s new American Cancer Society card collection, ACS and Hallmark are joining forces to help people communicate compassionately about a cancer diagnosis.

    Due in part to our partnership with CVS, Hallmark has a new line of thoughtfully designed cards specifically for those who are fighting cancer. Only available at CVS, Hallmark will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society for every card purchased from Sunday, August 4 through Saturday, August 24, up to $50,000. 

    The card collection will be available beyond August.

    Sample card messages include (cover/inside):

    • We are not what happens to us/No matter what the circumstances are that might make you feel otherwise, you're still the same wonderful person everyone knows and loves – and we're all rooting for you.
    • Grateful doesn't even begin to cover it/For helping on this journey, for all you do for those around you. Thank you.
    • Cancer Free/This deserves to be celebrated. Congrats!
    • It's hard to know what to say/But I can say this…If you want to talk, I'm here to listen. I'm here for whatever you need.
    • You're a fighter/I know you, and I know your courage and strength will see you through this. 

    Hallmark is dedicated to creating a more emotionally connected world and developing products that make a genuine difference in every day lives. By purchasing a card for someone you care about who is affected by cancer, Hallmark is helping us make a difference in the lives of those on their cancer journey. 

    The new Hallmark American Cancer Society cards are a thoughtful way for someone to show support for the fighters in their life. If you know a fighter, stop by your local CVS store to buy an encouraging card for them today. 


  • The CVS in-store giving campaign in support of ACS is underway!

    New this year is a Hallmark cause marketing campaign and in-store broadcasts featuring Dr. Wender

    Through August 24, CVS Health® is engaging customers nationwide in its annual in-store, point-of-sale (POS) giving campaign in support of our breakthrough research, free lodging, free rides to treatment, and our live 24/7 cancer helpline. 

    The campaign, which kicked off August 4, gives customers the opportunity to donate at the registers of more than 8,000 CVS Pharmacy stores and MinuteClinics nationwide. 

    This multi-year, multi-dimensional agreement launched last year and raises money through direct charitable contributions through the annual POS campaign, with the opportunity to raise additional revenue through cause marketing sales promotions around select supplier products. 

    This year, CVS Pharmacy customers will notice: 

    • A new cause marketing initiative with Hallmark® that features an exclusive eight-card collection, developed to help CVS shoppers support family and friends going through a difficult time. For every Hallmark card purchased during the campaign, $1 will go towards our lifesaving mission, up to $50,000.

    • In-store broadcasts about the partnership, featuring our Chief Cancer Control Officer Rich Wender, MD, and in-store promotional materials in seven major markets to prompt giving. 

    • CVS Health and ACS will both amplify the initiative through digital and social media campaigns. 

    Our volunteers and staff play an important role in this effort and are invited to support another successful campaign by: 

    • Donating in-store at your local CVS Health location during the August 4 – 24 campaign.

    • Spreading the word on your preferred social media platforms by using the hashtag #AttackingCancerWithCVS:

    1. Share the ACS Masterbrand Facebook post and tag five people in the comments section. Doing this through ACS2Go is really easy.
    2. Retweet the ACS Masterbrand post on Twitter.
    3. Share images that will be provided on ACS Brand Toolkit for sharing on Instagram ONLY.
    4. Tell five friends or family members you donated and ask them to do the same. 



  • Relay For Life Top Performers meet in Atlanta

    ​The theme was "Relay Like a Boss"

    On August 2-4, about 150 volunteers and staff representing top community teams and campus Relay For Life events, as well as members of the Relay For Life Nationwide Volunteer Team, National Campus Leadership Team, and Global Leadership Team, gathered in Atlanta for our Nationwide Top Performers meeting. 

    The goal was to recognize our top performers and have them come away feeling energized and armed with great ideas, inspiration, and motivation. The meeting also gave attendees a chance to meet some ACS-funded researchers, and hear Alpa Patel, PhD, senior scientific director, Epidemiology Research, deliver a talk titled "Relay For Life: Walking the Walk." Attendees also heard from CEO Gary ReedySharon Byers, chief development, marketing, and communications officer; Mike Neal, senior executive vice president, Field Operations; and Dan Heist, chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors.  

    Key volunteers who have had a hand in shaping the Relay For Life movement over the years, including three members of the Relay For Life Hall of Fame - Phylecia Wilson of Georgia, Laura McCormick of Connecticut, and Jeff Ross of North Carolina – were on hand to share their knowledge.

    So, you might ask, who are the top performers? Below are the top performing community teams and college events.

    Top Community Nationwide Team of Excellence Teams in 2018 present at the meeting. 

    • Relay For Life of Morgan Decatur (Alabama): Nucor Steel Decatur, $447,000
    • Relay For Life of St. James Parish (Louisiana): Nucor Louisiana, $217,760 
    • Relay For Life of Pontotoc County (Mississippi): Southern Motion, $250,000
    • Relay For Life of Bertie County (North Carolina): Perdue Farms Admin, $149,099
    • Relay For Life of Hertford-Gates Counties (North Carolina): Nucor Steel Hertford County, $135,002 
    • Relay For Life of Charlotte County (Virginia): Truckers Parade Against Cancer (TPAC), $112,755 
    • Relay For Life of Thurston County (Washington): Connolly’s Crew, $110,251 
    • Relay For Life of Gwinnett County (Georgia): Sage Foundation, $109,172 
    • Relay For Life of Northern Will County (Illinois): Daisy’s Darlins, $100,450
    • Relay For Life of Marion County (Missouri): The Flower Children, $100,180
    • Relay For Life of Florida Keys (Florida): Castaways Against Cancer, $98,780
    • Relay For Life of Memphis (Tennessee): Nucor Memphis / Nucor Logistics Center, $94,903 
    • Relay For Life of York (Pennsylvania): The Naturals, $84,028
    • Relay For Life of Douglas County (Minnesota): Alexandria Industries, $80,451
    • Relay For Life of Eugene-Springfield (Oregon): Dari-Mart Store, Inc., $75,001
    • Relay For Life of Porterville (California): Nut’s For A Cure, $70,818 
    • Relay For Life of Wausau (Wisconsin): Connexus Credit Union, $65,903 
    • Relay For Life of Lancaster County (Pennsylvania): Captain Morgan’s Cancer Crusaders, $60,755 
    • Relay For Life of Bakersfield (California): Aera Energy, $59,344 
    • Relay For Life of Erie-Millcreek (Pennsylvania): Erie Insurance, $58,919
    • Relay For Life of North Mississippi County (Arkansas): Nucor Dream Team, $57,349

    2019 College Relay For Life Top Performer Events present at the meeting. 

    • Relay For Life of Northeastern University 
    • Relay For Life of Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
    • Relay For Life of University of South Carolina
    • Relay For Life of James Madison University 
    • Relay For Life of Saint Louis University 
    • Relay For Life of Washington University in Saint Louis 
    • Relay For Life of University of Michigan 
    • Relay For Life of St. Johns University 
    • Relay For Life of SUNY Geneseo
    • Relay For Life of University of Oklahoma 
    • Relay For Life of Florida State University 
    • Relay For Life of University of Georgia 
    • Relay For Life of Virginia Tech 
    • Relay For Life of San Juan Estudiantil Metro 
    • Relay For Life of UCLA 
    • Relay For Life of Merrimack College 
    • Relay For Life of Loyola University 
    • Relay For Life of Rochester Institute of Technology 
    • Relay For Life of Florida International University 
    • Relay For Life of Elon University 
    • Relay For Life of Longwood University 

    The 2019 Relay season isn’t over for many teams. There are about 538 Relay For Life events left to go in 2019, from August 1 – Dec 31. 

    About 75% of our Relay events have taken place, raising approximately 80% of our $154 million goal. 


  • ACS and St. Baldrick's launch "Cancer Doesn't Care"

    The goal is to raise $4.4 million by this fall

    The American Cancer Society and the St. Baldrick's Foundation are proud to announce, "Cancer Doesn't Care," the next phase of our joint campaign to raise funds to fight childhood cancers. This major fundraising initiative – which runs through August and September – will utilize an email campaign, social, and other marketing to help us get the word out about this crucial partnership. 

    ACS and St. Baldrick's have committed to working together to raise a total of $11 million dollars to fund the most innovative biological and clinical laboratory studies related to childhood cancer, with $4.4 million being raised by this fall. 

    The objective of the Cancer Doesn't Care campaign is to reach our first fundraising goal of $4.4 million so that we can begin offering new research grants related to childhood cancer as part of our partnership with St. Baldrick's. 

    About the Cancer Doesn't Care Campaign

    The Cancer Doesn't Care campaign captures the idea that cancer can change a family's life in a flash without warning. To do that, we show a scene that everyone can relate to, but this scene – once filled with giggles and naps and fun – now sits in waiting for that child to return. This campaign is raw, honest and was developed with the support of real families who have lived with this reality every day. 

    Beginning in early August, you will see the Cancer Doesn't Care campaign featured on ACS and St. Baldrick's master brand social media sites, cancer.org/stbaldricks, and stbaldricks.org/acs. You can help by sharing posts out to your own personal social network and encouraging friends and family to donate to help conquer kids' cancers.

    For additional information on this partnership, please refer to the February news article announcing our partnership with St. Baldrick's. If you have questions, please contact Melissa Northrop, senior director, Principal Partnerships, or TJ Koerner, senior scientific director, Extramural Research.  


  • Our Making Strides summer registration challenge is on!

    ​Please help spread the word by mouth and through social media

    Beginning August 1, anyone who registers for a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event and raises $25 or more online by Thursday, September 5, 2019, at noon CST will be eligible to receive some YOUnited™ swag! They'll be able to select from a pink cape, fanny pack, or retro specs. Limit of one item per qualified participant while supplies last.

    Register for an event at MakingStridesWalk.org!

    Here’s how this challenge works: 

    • Only credit card, PayPal, and mobile app donations (including checks scanned through the app) are applicable; no cash or check donations.
    • On a weekly basis, qualified participants will receive an email containing a redemption code to claim their cape, fanny pack, or retro specs and will be able to identify a shipping address.

    Here’s how you can help: 

    Since word-of-mouth is our most powerful tool, discuss the challenge with your local community development managers, Team Leaders, friends, and family, encouraging them to register and begin fundraising. 

    Don’t forget to share the local social media posts on your regional and local event channels. You can even repost the social posts shared throughout the challenge from our national social media sites. Start now by sharing the registration challenge post on our national Making Strides Facebook page!

    Just think of all the good we can do with this early burst of registrations. More money for breast cancer research. More free rides to treatment and places to stay near hospitals. More answers to even the toughest breast cancer questions through our 24/7 helpline. Now’s the time to help save lives AND earn YOUnited swag! 


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