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Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week has kicked off

​Basketball coaches #SuitUp to support fight against cancer, early detection.

Suits And Sneakers Week, the signature initiative of the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coaches vs. Cancer program, officially tipped off on Jan. 23 and runs through Jan. 29. This week, coaches are wearing suits on the sidelines and lace up sneakers as a visible reminder of their support of ACS. 

Funds raised during Suits And Sneakers Week will support ACS' screening initiatives that encourages people to schedule regular cancer screening tests. During the worst periods of the COVID-19 pandemic, screening for cancer decreased by as much as 90 percent and remains down by as much as 25 percent from historical averages. To help address this issue, basketball programs participating in Suits And Sneakers Week, along with a new TV spot, watch below, airing during some key games on the Big Ten Network this week, will encourage people to visit coaches.cancer.org to find cancer screening locations near them, based on zip code.

CEO Dr. Karen Knudsen kicked off Suits And Sneakers Week along with Fran Dunphy, men’s head basketball coach for LaSalle University, pictured above. Help amplify this unique initiative by sharing the post on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to engage with Suits And Sneakers content throughout the week by following #CoachesvsCancer, #SuitsAndSneakers, and #SuitUp.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the ACS and NABC. The program, started by longtime Missouri men’s basketball coach Norm Stewart, empowers basketball and other athletic coaches to save lives from cancer by leveraging their community leadership to raise awareness and funds for ACS. Since the program’s inception in 1993, coaches have raised more than $145 million for ACS.


  • Congratulations 2022 Spirit of Relay Award winners!

    Heritage and Legacy Teams hit milestone lifetime fundraising totals.

    The Spirit of Relay Awards honor and recognize all those who have gone above and beyond to help the American Cancer Society lead the fight for a world without cancer through our Relay For Life movement. From engaging survivors or an entire school community to promoting an event or creating an event experience to remember, these individual victories will collectively help improve the lives of patients with cancer and their families. 

    [Be sure to look for this news on local Facebook pages, so you can share the announcement with all those you know. We want to shower our winners with congratulatory messages for their achievements!]

    Below are some of the 2022 top winners. [For all winners, please click here.]

    The Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Awards are intended to honor and recognize both a community and individual or team who embodies the same spirit of Relay that the “Mother of Relay” – Pat Flynn – inspired in participants around the world.

    • Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Nationwide Award Winner: Team
       
      Team Phoenix, RFL of Muskogee County, OK
    • Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Nationwide Award Winner: Event
       Relay For Life of NACS Fighting Cancer, IN

    The Power of Hope Award is nomination-based and recognizes community events that have continued to support, honor, and engage cancer survivors and their families in their community.

    • Power of Hope Nationwide Award Winner:

    Relay For Life of Rahway, Greater NYC, NY

    The following Data-Determined Awards are solely based on data reported in American Cancer Society records.

    Gordy Klatt #1 Net Income Event: 

    • Relay For Life of Decatur AL – Decatur, AL

    Explosive Growth #1 by % of Growth:

    • Relay For Life of Mid South in Memphis, TN

    Explosive Growth #1 by $ of Growth:

    • Relay For Life of Mid South in Memphis, TN

    Teams of Excellence (Top 5; see the full list on ACSResources.org.)

    1. Nucor Steel Decatur – $455,000 – Decatur, AL 
    2. Nucor Steel Louisiana – $283,357 – Lutcher, LA
    3. Nucor Logistics – $276,223 – Memphis, TN 
    4. 5Point Credit Union – $189,592 – Beaumont, TX
    5. M1Support Services/IAM 2003– $177,160 – Ozark, AL

    Along with each of the amazing teams, we recognize our Legacy Teams who have raised at least $1 million in lifetime fundraising this year and our Heritage Team, raising more than $5 million in lifetime fundraising. 

    Heritage Team:

    • Nucor Steel Decatur – Relay For Life of Decatur, AL

    Legacy Teams:

    • Gary’s Gang – Relay For Life of Linn Co. KS
    • KPMG Silicon Valley – Relay For Life of Campbell, CA
    • Dari Mart – Relay For Life of Eugene-Springfield, OR

  • Four teams receive 2022 Relay For Life Hero of Research Award

    Congrats to Nucor Steel Louisiana, 5Point Credit Union, M1 Support Services, and Nucor Logistics!

    Behind every Relay For Life event are many talented, determined, and extraordinary individuals who go above and beyond to support ACS' vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. They lend their time, talents, and generosity to the Relay For Life movement, and we truly cannot thank them enough.

    That's why we're especially recognizing four outstanding teams through the Relay For Life Hero of Research Award. This award challenges Relay For Life fundraisers to engage in the fight against cancer in a new and dynamic way that focuses attention on our award-winning research program.

    The Hero of Research Award offers Relay For Life teams who raise at least $175,500 during the Relay season an opportunity to name an existing post-doctoral fellowship research grant in honor of a loved one or their team. Once identified, this named grant is active for three years. 

    These four teams, pictured below from top to bottom, Nucor Steel Louisiana (LA), 5Point Credit Union (TX), Nucor Logistics (TN), M1 Support Services/ IAM 2003 (AL), earned this honor for their incredible fundraising efforts in 2022. Grants will get named this calendar year. 

         


  • Donate to win a trip to Super Bowl LVII

    Lucky winner will be selected on Friday, Feb. 3.

    A simple donation not only supports cancer patients and their families but can also earn someone a trip to Super Bowl LVII! The American Cancer Society and the National Football League are teaming up for the Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes to give one lucky fan the VIP experience of a lifetime at Super Bowl LVII in Arizona. Beginning on Jan. 5, NFL fans can enter the sweepstakes by going to cancer.org/SUPERBOWL and donating as little as $10 to support ending cancer as we know it for everyone. 

    The Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes winner and one guest will receive round trip airfare to Arizona for Feb. 10-13, lodging, two tickets to Super Bowl LVII, passes to attend the exclusive Rolling Stone VIP party, tickets to NFL Honors show and other exclusive perks. The winner will be randomly selected and notified on Feb. 3.

    Through Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer, the NFL and ACS have teamed up to fight cancer and save lives since 2009. Since 2012, money raised through Crucial Catch has funded the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) grants. These grants help Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and health systems in under-resourced areas increase access to cancer screenings. Crucial Catch funding has contributed to 600,000 screenings and reached more than 1 million individuals with education, screening reminders and patient navigation.

    “We’re deeply grateful for the NFL’s continued support of our work to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families,” said ACS CEO Dr. Karen Knudsen. “Early detection of cancer saves lives. Delays in screening lead to cancers diagnosed at later stages, which are harder to treat. It’s estimated that 22 million individuals cancelled or missed their recommended cancer screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so removing barriers to screening is an essential part of the playbook.”

    Last year, the Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes raised $100,000 for cancer screening and education. For more information, visit cancer.org/SUPERBOWL. ACS team members and volunteers can help spread the word by amplifying the ACS promotional posts and fundraisers on both Facebook and Instagram.


  • Successful #RelayFirstLap celebration launches 2023

    New Relay For Life registration challenge is in full swing.

    Cancer fighters around the globe started Relay For Life 2023 off on the right foot with #RelayFirstLap on Saturday, Jan. 7. National Relay For Life volunteer co-leads Saralyn Lash and Suzy Lawrence, pictured below, hosted a short kickoff video and revealed a sneak peek at this year’s event T-shirt during the national celebration. Head to RelayForLife.org/Kickoff to get all the details, including some of the latest updates to the Relay For Life brand assets.

    #RelayFirstLap started with national volunteer Joe Gillette’s vision to publicly renew his commitment to Relay For Life and encourage others to join him. Since then, Joe’s vision has spread globally and on the first Saturday of the New Year, Relayers worldwide - such as the group on Kauai, HI, pictured above - rallied to take their first lap of the new year together. New and lapsed participants are encouraged to sign up for Relay For Life and start 2023 strong! 

    In addition, a Relay registration challenge is in full swing with an opportunity to earn a custom event experience stipend for 31 events. Qualifying events will win a chance to have a custom consultation with a Relay expert to discuss event enhancement options and recommendations, which could be new signage and inflatables, local film crew to create local assets, interactive games, etc. Check out the leaderboard and learn more by visiting RelayForLife.org.



  • BrightEdge hosts inaugural summit on cancer impact investing

    ACS event brings together top voices in health care and investing.

    The American Cancer Society BrightEdge team is hosting an inaugural summit on cancer impact investing this week in Cambridge, MA, Nov. 29 – 30. 

    This first-of-its-kind, invitation-only event is designed to convene top voices in health care and investing to align around the potential of cancer impact investing and innovation and to grow the base of support for ACS BrightEdge. The program will serve as an introduction for many audiences to the ACS BrightEdge vision and its goal is to deepen relationships with existing partners and allies. Over time, these relationships will catalyze opportunities for future investment, partnership, and growth, said Alice Pomponio, BrightEdge vice president.

    The summit includes collaboration between BrightEdge and the MIT Laboratory of Financial Engineering. It will be held in tandem with CanceRx, a standing conference that draws diverse participation across health care and life sciences to promote novel financing approaches to scientific discovery and development. Part of the summit has been designed to convene the existing CanceRx community with the emerging BrightEdge network and introduce the novel and timely topic of impact investing. Organizers expect more than 100 attendees to include leaders from venture capital, asset management, and health care corporations. Speakers represent a “who’s who” in the field of cancer science, innovation, and investment.

    The event will also highlight ACS researchers, insights, BrightEdge portfolio companies, and celebrate ACS science and grantees. Targeted at a subset of CancerRx attendees as well as a wider audience of innovation stakeholders, specific events at the summit are designed to underscore the value of evidence-informed impact and intentional investment toward “3-D impact” (impact on science, on social issues, and that is sustainable). 

    Key events during the three-day summit include:

    • Panel discussions on Environmental, Social, and Governance and impact investing and mission-oriented investment strategies (Photo above via Alice Pomponio's Twitter post.)
    • Keynote remarks from ACS Chief Executive Officer Dr. Karen Knudsen
    • BrightEdge Founders Circle members and friends recognition dinner featuring keynote by CNN contributor Ryan Patel on “how healing healthcare will drive global economic recovery”
    • A fireside talk with ACS Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Bill Dahut 
    • Highlights of impact being made through the BrightEdge portfolio companies 
    • Networking reception with ACS research grantees and research professors

    BrightEdge is the impact investment and venture capital arm of the American Cancer Society. It invests in for profit, early-stage companies developing cutting-edge, cancer-focused therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, and technologies that accelerate the ACS mission to end cancer for all.

    “BrightEdge is uniquely positioned to propel system, population, and market-level solutions to advance the American Cancer Society mission,” said Alice. “BrightEdge is different because we need to make a difference.”

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    How does BrightEdge support and further the mission of ACS?

    • BrightEdge invests in for-profit, early-stage companies developing cutting-edge, cancer-focused therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, and technologies that accelerate the ACS mission. 
    • The ACS Impact Venture Fund (and any subsequently created impact products) will provide a diversified source of revenue beyond traditional ACS fundraising. 
    • BrightEdge is a unique and novel ACS platform to unlock both philanthropic donations and impact investing. By creating additional impact and financial products, BrightEdge opens up ACS to a new wave of donors seeking both financial and impact returns as well as sustainability, Pomponio said. 

    What is “impact investing”?

    Impact investing is a rapidly emerging field, currently estimated at $1.2 trillion by the Global Impact Investing Network. Given the emerging nature, there is currently no aligned definition for impact investing or common understanding of the financial vehicles, impact priorities, and metrics for defining success. There is tremendous capital and intellectual energy flowing into sustainable finance and impact across the investment and industry landscape, with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors being the hot topics in the field.

    “We believe the field will continue to professionalize and is desperate for trusted, mission-oriented organizations that will lead the way toward shared priority focus areas, measurement, performance, and vehicles to drive collective action,” said Alice. “By positioning ourselves as a leading impact investor with a clear understanding of unmet need and capabilities to drive cancer impact and innovation, BrightEdge can shape the agenda and be the top partner for years to come.”


  • 🗳️ Please vote daily!

    ACS is in the running to receive a significant donation.

    Thanks to the LKQ Community Foundation, the American Cancer Society has received a $50,000 donation, and we are given the chance, along with nine other nonprofits, to receive a portion of $500,000 through voting. But, we need your help! 

    Please vote each day from Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Monday, Dec. 5, at this link. It takes mere seconds, and you can vote from multiple devices. 



  • Giving Tuesday is this week

    ​Nov. 29 event opportunity for year-end giving, with specific gifts matched up to $100,000.

    As Thanksgiving is officially behind us, you may be making your holiday list and checking it twice. Before you cross everyone off your gift list, remember this week is also Giving Tuesday, an annual day of giving where people around the world have a chance to participate in radical generosity.

    For the American Cancer Society, Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29) is an opportunity to encourage donations to help us end cancer as we know it, for everyone. This year, thanks to a partnership with Mastercard, cancer.org donations on Giving Tuesday could be matched, up to $100,000. 

    What can you do to help promote Giving Tuesday?

    • Check out cancer.org/givingtuesday and learn more about this event.
    • Watch for several national emails from ACS planned throughout the day on November 29.
    • Watch for posts on ACS social media channels and amplify content on your own channels as appropriate. There will be general posts on national ACS channels, as well as posts tailored to Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer audiences.
    • Encourage donations to help meet the challenge from Mastercard to match donations up to $100,000.

    Giving Tuesday activation will include promotion on cancer.org, email, paid media, community fundraising integration, and more. 

    Messages on Giving Tuesday will focus on the impact ACS makes against cancer, sharing that donations help fund breakthrough research that saves lives, advocate for health equity and more thoughtful solutions for more affordable care, and provide essential day-to-day patient support. Calls to action will encourage donors:

    • To fund a voice on the other end of the line for anyone affected by cancer who needs free answers, support, or just someone to talk to. No matter what and no matter when, your gift can help us be there every step of their cancer journey. $30 could help 1 person find free answers and much-needed emotional support. 
    • That getting to and from treatment can be a constant struggle, but not when you help give the gift of a free ride for people with cancer. $50 can help provide 1 free ride and invaluable relief. 
    • You could be the reason why people with cancer and their caregivers have a free place to stay when treatment is far from home. $65 can help provide hope in the form of 1 free night of lodging. 

  • Real Men Wear Pink celebrates over $11M raised

    Seven Ambassadors raised more than $100,000 this season.

    The competition has officially closed, but the revenue continues to grow as the 2022 Real Men Wear Pink (RMWP) campaign celebrates more than $11 million raised this season in support of breast cancer research and patient programs. Each year, community leaders and influencers in communities across the nation step up and leverage the power of wearing pink to raise funds and draw attention to the fight to end breast cancer, for everyone. Collectively, the top 10 RMWP ambassadors raised nearly $1.1 million, with seven reaching the $100K+ milestone. Congratulations to this year’s top 10 ambassadors:

    1. Jamie Walton, RMWP of Atlanta 
    2. Grant Navarre, RMWP of Southwest Louisiana*
    3. Chris Galla, RMWP of Atlanta
    4. Jim Martin, RMWP of Greater Philadelphia
    5. Michael Barasch, RMWP of NYC/Long Island*
    6. Will Clegg, RMWP of Chattanooga
    7. Fraser Murray, RMWP of NYC/Long Island
    8. Dennis Hower, RMWP of Lehigh Valley*
    9. Joshua Robinson, RMWP of Southwest Louisiana*
    10. Scott Brockamp, RMWP of Knoxville*

    *Denotes an ambassador who participated in Real Men Wear Pink in 2021

    In addition, 20 ACS team members also joined local campaigns and raised more than $55,800 through their collective efforts. A special shout out to Tim Phillips, chief legal and risk officer, for being the top ACS fundraiser this season, bringing in more than $13,000 for the RMWP of Atlanta campaign. 

    New incentive programs were introduced this year to help boost fundraising at the $25,000 and $100,000 levels. Those joining the $100,000 Century Club will receive a custom RMWP pink jacket from David Alan Clothing. 

    “The 2022 campaign saw significant growth in high performing ambassadors and we are excited that seven individuals have raised over $100,000 and 72 individuals have raised more than $25,000,” said Paul Purdy, strategic director, Endurance Events & Network Fundraising. “This, paired with the success of growing the average raised per ambassador to over $4,800 each, shows the commitment and motivation of our ambassadors.”

    While the campaign officially wrapped up earlier this month, there is still time to collect any outstanding funds! ACS team members should work with their ambassadors to deposit any outstanding fundraising via the ACS FUNdraising App (or mailing donations to be processed) and follow up on any matching gifts or sponsorships that still need to be collected. 

    Editor’s note: The RMWP website is experiencing technical issues, therefore the fundraising total is manually updated on a weekly basis. At this time the fundraising total has surpassed the $11 million mark.

    Editor's note: The photo above is for illustrative purposes and does not necessarily include this year's top ambassadors.


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