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ACS partners with Fathead

Proceeds from cancer ribbon decals support our mission.

The American Cancer Society is proud to partner with Fathead on the Colors of Cancer Ribbons

These removable wall decals recognize the many types of cancer impacting those around us. Staff can help us spread the word by sharing the approved social media post on local or regional channels. Find the social media copy here.

100% of the proceeds from these ribbons will be donated to ACS.

Fathead is a brand name of life-sized, precision-cut vinyl wall graphics manufactured by Fathead LLC. Fathead LLC is a privately held company based in Detroit, Michigan. The ownership group is led by Dan Gilbert, who is chairman and founder of Quicken Loans, and also majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.


  • April 16: Shop for unique jewelry in our eBay store

    Our eBay store will feature a curated collection from our 50+ West Coast Discovery Shops.

    ‘Shine Bright, Give Back’ when you shop and help promote the West Region Discovery Shop bi-annual eBay Jewelry Event on Friday, April 16.

    Grab a front row seat from noon - 1 p.m. ET for a LIVE preview with insider and influencer Thrift Shop Hustler - YouTube. Then, visit our eBay Store at 1 p.m. ET that Friday and 'buy it when you see it' when “Buy It Now” listings go live.

    One-of-a-kind and beautiful jewelry donations have been curated from across our 50+ West Coast shop locations. Every purchase helps support the ACS mission. 

    Please follow American Cancer Society Discovery Shop Enterprise on Facebook and please like and share the posts you see there to help us promote this event.

  • Relay USA brings Relayers together virtually

    ​Join the fun on May 8 at 12 p.m. ET.

    Relay USA is an innovative way to be a part of a Relay For Life community, continue to celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change - all online.

    This virtual Relay event will be hosted on Saturday, May 8, from 12 noon – 9 p.m. ET on Facebook, and all are welcome.

    Relay USA presents an opportunity for teams, individuals, and companies to join a virtual Relay, and earlier in the season team captains' meetings were held online. On April 17, a Survivor and Caregiver Zoom Brunch is scheduled at 11 a.m. ET. Hear uplifting messages, share experiences, and much more. More information and a registration link will be posted on relayforlife.org/RelayUSA soon.. 

    Here’s what to expect at Relay USA on May 8: 

    • 12 noon: Opening Ceremony
    • 2 p.m.: Survivor and Caregiver Ceremony
    • 4 p.m.: Fight Back Ceremony
    • 7 p.m.: Remembrance Ceremony

    For updates related to Relay USA and opportunities to engage and donate leading up to virtual event, follow the Relay USA Facebook page

    Another virtual Relay event is coming up on May 14-15

    This year all Relayers are invited to participate in National Relay Weekend. On May 14-15, Relayers from around the country will be participating in a series of activities which will bond the Relay family in an all-new experience. You can find out more at relayforlife.org/relayweekend. Look for more information on our internal news channels soon!


  • ACS teams up with the National Basketball Wives Association

    The partnership will prioritize funding cancer research grants for HBCU medical and STEM students.

    The American Cancer Society and the National Basketball Wives Association (NBWA) have teamed up to inspire millions to join the fight against cancer through the power of advocacy, basketball, and sport.   

    Together, these two organizations join in a mission to ensure that no one is disadvantaged in their fight against cancer and to help eliminate barriers to cancer prevention and treatment in underserved Black and Latinx communities.  

    The NBWA is the official nonprofit charitable membership organization represented by wives, significant others, and life partners of active and former NBA players. 

    The partnership will focus on initiatives that ensure that the fight against cancer includes a diverse group of cancer researchers from all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. According to data from the National Institute of Health, the combined number of grant applications from Black and Latinx scientists is less than 7%  ̶  with less than two percent of those grant applications submitted by Black or African American cancer researchers. This translates to fewer people of color entering career stages of cancer research, and inevitably, fewer scientists of color working to develop cancer breakthroughs.   

    “The American Cancer Society is committed to tackling racial disparities related to cancer. To do this, we must address the critical need for diversity in the scientific workforce,” said Howard Byck, our senior vice president of Corporate and Sports Alliances. “We are grateful that the National Basketball Wives Association is joining us in this fight and lending their talent and influence to this important issue.” 

    Funds raised through this partnership will support our Diversity in Cancer Research Internship program and will provide internship grants to African American students at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) to increase their entry into the field of cancer research. African Americans have the highest death rate for most cancers, yet are the most underrepresented group in the field of cancer research. 

    “Our 2021 goal is focused on health and education equity, the two widening gaps that have adversely affected our most vulnerable communities,” said Mia Wright, NBWA president. “We are proud to be in the fight against cancer with American Cancer Society, and are ensuring we use our platform to create access for HBCU students, who are some of our world’s most brilliant minds.”  

    Partnership goal 

    As its initial goal, the NBWA will work toward funding $125,000 in STEM cancer research internship grants awarded to 25 HBCU medical students. This program will provide opportunities for under-represented scientists of color to enter the cancer research pipeline, ultimately increasing diversity in cancer research. The program’s goal is to positively affect the outcomes for cancer diagnosis in the Black community, while filling the gap of education and career opportunity for Black students.  

    For more information, visit cancer.org/NBWA or contact Sheri Barros.  


  • ACS breaks ground for Oklahoma City Hope Lodge

    On March 25, the American Cancer Society (ACS) broke ground on the Chad Richison Hope Lodge, a facility that will offer cancer patients and their caregivers free lodging while they travel to receive care from any of the area’s premier medical centers.

    The $16.7 million facility is named in recognition of ACS's capstone donor, Chad Richison, who donated $5 million to fund Oklahoma's first Hope Lodge. Located at 800 NE 7th St. near the University of Oklahoma’s Stephenson Cancer Center, the Chad Richison Hope Lodge is a centrally located home-away-from-home for patients and their families.  

    “This is a personal cause for many, including myself, and helps ensure anyone traveling for treatment will have one less item to worry about,” said Richison, the founder and CEO of Paycom. “This is a much-needed facility, and I’m pleased to be able to support the American Cancer Society’s vision to build it here in the heart of Oklahoma City.”

    Each year, approximately 3,700 cancer patients travel to receive potentially life-saving cancer treatment in Oklahoma City. Often, patients and their families spend significant time away from home. The emotional and financial toll from the loss of income, medical bills, hotel rooms and dining out can be staggering. Once the doors are opened in 2022, the Chad Richison Hope Lodge is expected to provide more than 14,600 nights of free lodging annually. The facility will include 34 private guest suites, each with separate beds and a private bathroom. In addition, the facility will feature common living areas, dining room, laundry facilities, library, recreation room and outdoor garden. (The smaller image shows a rendering of the outside space.) Patients and their caregivers will also have access to the current offerings of the American Cancer Society’s programs and services, including free transportation to all cancer treatment centers in Oklahoma City.

    “The American Cancer Society is committed to breaking down the access to care barriers many cancer patients must face when they travel away from home for treatment,” said Jeff Fehlis, executive vice president for the American Cancer Society. “Thanks to the generosity of community partners and individuals like Mr. Richison who have stepped up to help with this project, we will soon be able to provide a free home-away-from-home for cancer patients, allowing them to focus on what’s important – getting well.” 

    The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Capital Campaign is led by Chairman Scott Meacham and Chair Emeritus Gene Rainbolt. The campaign has surpassed its fundraising goal with extraordinary support from generous individuals and organizations. As the capstone donor, Richison helped provide a tangible, positive solution in the fight against cancer. 

    Other major donors included the Presbyterian Health Foundation, Chickasaw Nation, Penny L. Norman Estate, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, The J. E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., Charles and Peggy Stephenson Foundation and University of Oklahoma. The American Cancer Society continues to seek philanthropic support for ongoing operating expenses.

    The American Cancer Society operates more than 30 Hope Lodge facilities nationwide. Each Hope Lodge community offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their treatment is away from home.

    Since 1970, the American Cancer Society has provided more than 6 million nights of lodging to patients across the country.  To make a donation or learn more, contact Michelle Fair, director of  philanthropy for the American Cancer Society, at  or visit cancer.org/HopeLodgeOklahomaCity.

  • Congrats to our top 10 golf and 25 gala events of 2020!

    These events raised more than $21 million during a pandemic!

    Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic changed so much about how we fight for a future free from cancer. It prompted all of us to innovate and find new ways to not only serve patients, but also safely connect with our communities and fundraise. 

    Despite these changes and challenges, the passion to end cancer remained stronger than ever for our volunteers and staff leading these top golf and gala events. 

    The Top 10 Golf Events and Top 25 Gala Events raised a whopping $21 million for our mission. Thank you to our Distinguished Events and Golf staff for a very successful 2020 season! 👏🏼👏🏿👏

    2020 Top 10 Golf Events Nationwide 


    1.Coaches vs Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic$1,159,157
    2.Babes Against Cancer New York   $828,230
    3.Chicago Select Golf Invitational     $807,453
    4.Greater Cincinnati Golf Classic      $447,719
    5.Atlanta Select Golf Invitational   $335,179
    6.San Diego Invitational   $292,399
    7Coaches vs Cancer Golf Classic (South Bend)   $253,456
    8.Allan Shedlin Memorial Golf New York Classic   $222,479
    9.The Ribbon Classic, Gwinnett GA   $204,707
    10.Greater Cleveland Golf Classic      $191,262

    2020 Top 25 Gala Events Nationwide 

    1.Chicago Discovery Ball   $1,859,154
    2.Dallas Cattle Baron's Ball$1,587,819
    3.San Francisco Discovery Gala$1,421,438
    4.Naples Bucket List Bash $1,049,441
    5.St. Louis Champions of Hope Gala$1,002,910
    6.Philadelphia CEO's Against Cancer   $739,715
    7.Virginia Cattle Baron's Ball             $613,578
    8.Best Dressed Ball Baton Rouge   $579,246
    9.Puerto Rico Grand Gala   $572,782
    10.Houston Cattle Baron's Ball   $539,047
    11.San Antonio Cattle Baron's Ball     $511,879
    12.Magic of Hope Los Angeles   $507,815
    13.Atlanta Hope Ball   $486,521
    14.New York Financial Services Cares Gala     $480,227
    15.Coaches vs Cancer Wisconsin Gala   $475,570
    16.Northern Colorado Cattle Baron's Ball       $463,892
    17.Taste of Hope Chicago      $463,455
    18.Corpus Christi Cattle Baron's Ball   $438,729
    19.Boston Key Gala                 $418,641
    20.Orlando Cattle Baron's Ball   $390,962
    21.New Jersey Night of Wine and Roses   $381,948
    22.Anchorage Wine and Food Fest   $374,695
    23.Indianapolis Discovery Ball   $366,417
    24.Tampa Cattle Baron's Ball   $358,205
    25.Hope Bowl South Florida   $347,941

     


  • Coaches vs. Cancer kicks off March Madness activations

    Slate of activities planned throughout March Madness and Final Four.

    The NCAA Men’s College Basketball tournament is underway, and once again, Coaches vs. Cancer is stepping up to support the American Cancer Society during the tournament.  

    There are a number of activations happening throughout March Madness and into the Final Four. Here’s a look at what’s going on: 

    • Sneakercam on social media. Throughout the tournament in various locations in Indiana, a Coaches vs. Cancer and American Cancer Society-branded “sneakercam” will cruise around gathering video footage that will be shared on social media by participating teams and coaches and by @CoachesvsCancer on Twitter. The sneaker is remote-controlled and will offer fans a shoe-level, behind-the-scenes look at the tournament. Keep an eye on your favorite Coaches vs. Cancer and university social accounts to see if you spot the sneakercam, and be sure to share @CoachesvsCancer content with your local/regional Twitter followers. Note: the sneakercam is pictured above on the right.
    • Coaches vs. Cancer sneaker sweepstakes. A handful of coaches will be wearing custom Coaches vs. Cancer-inspired sneakers during the tournament, autographing them, and giving fans the chance to win the shoes, all to benefit ACS. The sweepstakes runs now through April. Participating coaches include Kelvin Sampson (University of Houston), Lon Kruger (University of Oklahoma), Brad Underwood (University of Illinois), Fran McCaffrey (University of Iowa), and Greg McDermott (Creighton University). Fans can enter at letsengage.com/acs. Note: some of these pictures are featured above. 
    • Best sneaker bracket. Coaches vs. Cancer is hosting a tournament-themed bracket to pick the coach with the best kicks, all to raise awareness about ACS and CVC. Join in the fun by engaging with @CoachesvsCancer on Twitter
    • Coaches vs. Cancer Wives and Friends Virtual Brunch. The coaches’ partners are once again supporting the American Cancer Society. The event will take place on Saturday, April 3, from 12-1 p.m. ET, and will feature Tawana Thomas-Johnson, our vice president of Diversity and Inclusion. She will talk about our diversity, equity, and inclusion work and partnerships.

    For more information about Coaches vs. Cancer, visit cancer.org/coachesvscancer. For questions about these tournament promotions, email Anne Gmerek at anne.gmerek@cancer.org.  

    Here's the remaining March Madness schedule:

    Sweet 16 — 2 p.m. ET coverage start on Saturday, March 27, and 1 p.m. start on Sunday, March 28

    Elite Eight — 7 p.m. ET coverage start on Monday, March 29, and 6 p.m. start on Tuesday, March 30

    Final Four — 5 p.m. ET start on Saturday, April 3

    NCAA championship game — 9 p.m. Monday, April 5


  • Raise funds, earn points, and choose your Relay Reward!

    Again this year, Relayers will have the opportunity to participate in our incentive program – Relay Rewards. Relay Rewards is a way of thanking our Relay For Life participants for their creativity and passion to raise critical funds for our mission. 

    Relayers can earn branded merchandise that recognizes their hard work and commitment to the Relay For Life movement by awarding points for fundraising and for taking specific actions that lead to more fundraising and engagement with the American Cancer Society. Woohoo! 

    Sign up for your local Relay and check out RelayForLife.org/GettingStarted for great ideas to successfully fundraise.

    How Relay Rewards work

    The point system is driven mostly by individual fundraising. Here’s how to earn Relay Rewards:

    • Raise Funds: $1 = 1 point
    • Fundraising best practices – earn up to 50 bonus points by taking the following actions:
      • Making a personal donation to your page = 10 points
      • Sending an email(s) through your dashboard = 15 points
      • Downloading and accepting a donation through the ACS Fundraising App = 25 points

    Once a participant earns 100 points, the lowest point total needed to redeem for Relay Rewards, they can log on to ShopRelayRewards.org, check their point balance, browse, or redeem points in the Relay Rewards system. 

    This Relay Rewards program has many benefits. It:  

    • Builds affinity and loyalty to our organization and Relay For Life.
    • Motivates participants to raise more funds by not only incentivizing them to reach the next level of the program, but also to reach goals within each level of the program.
    • Rewards participants for their fundraising success, as well as additional actions that help to increase fundraising.  
    • Offers fundraisers flexibility to spend their points however they wish
    • Allows participants to rollover any leftover points if they register for the next year’s event by the end of the calendar year (Jan. – Aug. events). Fall event participants (Sept. – Dec.) will have until April 1 to register for the next year’s event.   

    For more information, please reference the Relay Rewards promotional flyer on Brand Toolkit or visit ShopRelayRewards.org.


  • New Raise Your Way platform coming in 2021

    Seeking fundraisers to participate in a new platform pilot.

    Raise Your Way is the American Cancer Society’s do-it-yourself fundraising program that lets you turn any activity into a fundraiser and take action for lifesaving change in the fight against cancer. Anyone can create, share, and manage a personalized fundraiser entirely on their own – quickly and easily. 

    Raise Your Way will be shifting away from GoFundMe Charity (GFMC) as GoFundMe sunsets their charity fundraising platform in 2021. The new and improved Raise Your Way platform will offer even more functionality and flexibility, allowing you to create and manage fundraisers – and have fun doing it!

    The GFMC platform will continue to operate until December 31, 2021, by which time all Raise Your Way activity will be hosted on our new platform. Note that GoFundMe Charity campaigns will not be transferred to GoFundMe.com.

    Key dates

    • March 31, 2021: GoFundMe Charity API will be sunsetted.
    • June 30, 2021: Last day to start a new campaign through the GoFundMe Charity hosted platform.
    • September 30, 2021: Last day GoFundMe Charity-hosted Raise Your Way campaigns/donate buttons can accept online donations, and last day for recurring donations to process.
    • December 31, 2021: Last day GoFundMe Charity data is accessible via the GFMC Report Center.

    We are currently exploring several providers with deep industry experience and exciting offerings to build a new Raise Your Way program. More information will be shared on our Society news channels once available. 

    Additionally, we will begin piloting key fundraising events on the new platform in the second quarter of 2021. If you have a Q2/Q3 2021 fundraiser that you would like to offer up to participate in the pilot program, please reach out to Elaine Tully, digital product manager.

    If you have any questions, review the Raise Your Way Messaging & FAQ document


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