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2/22/22: It’s time TWO fight back!

We invite you to participate in the Relay For Life TWOsday Challenge! Anyone registered for a Relay event by 2/22/22 will be entered to win a Retro Relay For Life Shirt. It really is that easy! 222 winners will be selected from the eligible Relay challenge contestants. 

You can help spread the word by reposting social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Find resources to promote the challenge in your community at connect.relayforlife.org/events/twosday-registration-challenge/.

For full official rules, visit bit.ly/3ttIwS3.

  • Oncology nurse wins NFL Super Bowl sweepstakes

    Healthcare hero is rooting for the LA Rams.

    We’ve got a winner! Angela Kim, an oncology nurse at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in southern California, got some incredible news this week: she’s going to the Super Bowl! 

    Angela won tickets as part of the NFL Super Bowl Sweepstakes, which offered fans a chance to win the Super Bowl experience of a lifetime: two tickets to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, roundtrip airfare and hotel, and a meet and greet with our ACS celebrity partner, the actress and TikTok sensation Addison Rae. Each entry was $10, and the promotion raised $100,000 in support of Crucial Catch CHANGE grants, which fund prevention and screening initiatives in communities with the greatest need. 

    Angela will attend the game with her husband Howard. The couple live in Los Angeles and are huge LA Rams fans. This will be their first time attending a Rams game in person. They are truly in for an amazing experience! (Note: Angela and Howard are pictured here.)

    As an oncology nurse, Angela is no stranger to the American Cancer Society. She said she visits cancer.org often and uses the resources she finds there to support her patients during their fight with cancer.  

    For more information about the American Cancer Society’s longstanding partnership with the NFL, visit cancer.org/crucialcatch.


  • 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.

    #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 www.ACSHolidayCollection.org

    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 Parade.com 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 smile.amazon.com. 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 smile.amazon.com, 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 amazon.smile.com and select the American Cancer Society as your charity of choice, then start each visit at smile.amazon.com
    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!

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