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Two weeks left in the Chevrolet #IDriveFor campaign

​There are just over two weeks left in the Chevrolet #IDriveFor social media campaign in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. For every Tweet or Instagram post using #IDriveFor in the month of October, Chevrolet will donate $5 (up to $400,000). 

You can help by tweeting, posting to Instagram, and asking your social networks to do the same! Get online and share who you are driving for this October! 

Below are some suggested posts.

  • Post on Twitter using one of the below sample tweets: 
    • #IDriveFor a world free from the pain & suffering of #breastcancer. RT @Chevrolet will contribute $5 with every use of #IDriveFor. 
    • Share the drive against #breastcancer by retweeting. @Chevrolet will contribute $5 with every use of #IDriveFor. 
  • Post on Instagram using the below sample message. Note: You must update your privacy settings in Instagram in order for posts to count toward this promotion. Visit this site for details on how to make this change.
    • #IDriveFor _________. When it comes to fighting #breastcancer, no one should have to do it alone. @Chevrolet will make a $5 contribution to @AmericanCancerSociety for every use of #IDriveFor. [Instructions: Insert who drives you to raise awareness of breast cancer and add a picture of them – ex: My Mom, My GrandMa, My Sister, etc.] 

This is such an easy way to help ACS raise money and it takes just a minute to post a message. You can post as often as you like.

  • Mothers of the Year Luncheon honors Hoda Kotb and NYC breast cancer surgeon

    On Oct. 16, the American Cancer Society hosted the 22nd Annual Mothers of the Year Luncheon at The St. Regis Roof in New York City.

    The 2017 Mothers of the Year Honorees are breast cancer survivor Hoda Kotb, co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's TODAY Show, who adopted a baby girl in February, and Susan K. Boolbol, MD, FACS, chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and chief of the Appel-Venet Comprehensive Breast Service at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Ms. Kotb's award was presented by her TODAY Show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, while Dr. Boolbol's award was presented by her children, MacKenzie and Emma.

    This year's Luncheon included a special performance by Carolee Carmello, an American actress and three-time Tony Award nominee, who sang "Road to Recovery," written by David Friedman and Kathie Lee Gifford. 

    The Mothers of the Year Luncheon is supported by prominent members of New York City's social and philanthropic community, and is one of the American Cancer Society's signature events in Manhattan. 

    The Luncheon was created in 1995 to shine a spotlight in recognition of the outstanding accomplishments of mothers, their extraordinary community service efforts, and contributions to cancer control. Since the event's inception, the Mothers of the Year Luncheon has raised more than $5 million for the fight against cancer. 

    Previous Mothers of the Year honorees include: former First Lady of New York Libby Pataki; Katie Couric; Paula Zahn; Vera Wang; Kathie Lee Gifford; Susan Bloomberg; Anne and Charlotte Ford; Carolina Herrera; Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York; Cynthia Lufkin; Ann Curry; Tory Burch; Grace Hightower De Niro; Muffie Potter Aston; Anne Hearst McInerney; Deborah Norville; and Rosanna, Marion and Elaina Scotto. Last year's event honored Dr. Laura Forese, Karen Walsh, and the life of Suzanne Wright.

    The event began with cocktails at 11:45 a.m. followed by lunch and the awards presentation at 12:30 p.m. Tickets began at $500 and table sponsorship packages at $5,000. Social media users can follow the event using #MOTY2017 or by following @CancerNYNJ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    PHOTOS: Top photo, from left, Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's TODAY Show; Kris Kim, EVP, Field Operations, Northeast Region; Arnold Baskies, MD, chair of the Board of Directors; and honoree Hoda Kotb. Smaller image, from left, Lainie Jones, senior development manager, Distinguished Events, who managed the event; and MacKenzie, Emma, and their mom, honoree Susan Boolbol, MD.

  • Collaboration to promote 80% by 2018 and colorectal cancer awareness wins prestigious Scopy Award

    The American Cancer Society, Fight Colorectal Cancer, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), and advocate Katie Couric were recognized over the weekend with the 2017 SCOPY (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) Spirit of Collaboration Award for the awareness event held in New York City's Hard Rock Café on March 1. 

    If you recall, our Countdown to 2018 event featured Couric, whose first husband died of colon cancer at age 42, and actor Luke Perry, whose best friend's wife was diagnosed with the disease, interviewing lots of impressive people involved in the fight against colon cancer, including Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer.

    SCOPY awards are given each year by the American College of Gastroenterology to honor the most innovative and impactful community education programs aimed to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. 

    Emily Butler Bell, associate director of NCCRT, accepted the award on behalf of the American Cancer Society and the NCCRT at an award ceremony on Sunday in Orlando, Florida. 

    Details of all the award winners can be found here

    "The 2017 SCOPY Award Winners deliver yet another class of extraordinary initiatives, meeting the high bar established in past years," said Jordan J. Karlitz, MD, FACG, chair, ACG Public Relations Committee and associate professor of Clinical Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tulane Cancer Center, New Orleans, LA. "Many projects exhibit zeal and a fervent, ongoing commitment to community service, public health, and the national screening goal of 80% of eligible adults by 2018." 

    Twenty-one projects were selected by a panel of three judges that included Dr. Karlitz; Patricia L. Raymond, MD, FACG, ACG Public Relations Committee, assistant professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School; and Eugenia Tsai, MD, GI Fellow, Tulane University School of Medicine.

    "Year after year, the GI community demonstrates its remarkable dedication to support colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention," said ACG President Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG. "The passion and dedication of ACG members to communicate the critical message of CRC screening and prevention is evident in every submission," she added. 

    PHOTOS: The top photo is from the Countdown event. From left, actress Karen Walsh, who was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at age 40; Candace Henley, a colon cancer survivor and founder of the Blue Hat Foundation, one of this year's 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award honorees, and journalist Katie Couric.Walsh died several months after the event. Pictured in the smaller image, from left, is Danielle Burgess, director of communication for Fight Colorectal Cancer, and Emily Butler Bell, MPH, associate director, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.

  • Our global work in Africa featured in lengthy New York Times article

    As reported on My Society Source in the spring, our innovative partnerships with IBM and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) will make discounted chemotherapy drugs available in six poor countries in Africa, where cancer death rates are rising.

    This breakthrough initiative caught the attention of The New York Times, which on Oct. 7 ran a lengthy story about it in its Health section. 

    Titled "As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan," the story quotes Megan O'Brien, our director of global cancer treatment and the architect of the deal. She notes that Africans are dying of treatable cancers, mainly because of a lack of drugs, and affordable drugs. We are trying to change that.

    “I can save a child with leukemia for $300. That’s a disease that has a 90 percent cure rate in America, and a 90 percent death rate in Africa,” Megan told the Times.

    The story begins with this:

    "NAIROBI, Kenya — In a remarkable initiative modeled on the campaign against AIDS in Africa, two major pharmaceutical companies, working with the American Cancer Society, will steeply discount the prices of cancer medicines in Africa.

    Under the new agreement, the companies — Pfizer, based in New York, and Cipla, based in Mumbai — have promised to charge rock-bottom prices for 16 common chemotherapy drugs. The deal, initially offered to a half-dozen countries, is expected to bring lifesaving treatment to tens of thousands who would otherwise die.

    "Reading this gave me goose bumps," Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said after seeing an outline of the deal. "I think this is a phenomenal idea, and I think it has a good chance of working.""

    The article notes that cancer now kills about 450,000 Africans a year. By 2030, it will kill almost 1 million annually, according to the World Health Organization. And, the most common African cancers are the most treatable, including breast, cervical and prostate tumors.

    The full article is worth a read - and definitely worth sharing with volunteers.




  • How much do you know about what's going on at ACS? Read these "Hot Topics" and find out!

    Be sure to check out the October edition of Hot Topics talking points to help kick off your conversations about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our expanded partnership with the NFL, and our new brand strategy.

    There's always a lot to talk about in October!

    We've received positive feedback about this tool, and hope you find it helpful. 



  • ACS volunteers among those wounded and killed in Las Vegas horror

    ​We have learned over the past two days that volunteers from California, Nevada, and Washington were among those wounded or killed, or had a family member wounded or killed, in Sunday night's mass shooting at an outdoor concert venue in Las Vegas. Some of them sacrificed their lives to save others.

    Society staff are safe and accounted for.

    In the coming days, more connections between this tragedy and our ACS family may come to light. We are encouraging our West Region volunteers and staff to contact their local executive director for more information about who may have been affected from their areas, and to coordinate with the local relationship manager to send messages to those volunteers or their families.

    An update on Puerto Rico

    The ongoing crisis caused by Hurricane Maria continues, but Mike Neal, senior EVP, Field Operations, announced today that all our staff in Puerto Rico are safe and accounted for there, as well. Our Hope Lodge guests also are safe. While the Lodge sustained some flooding, it has been running on generator power with more diesel delivered recently to keep it going.

    Power outages across the island have made communications extremely difficult. To our volunteers and staff who are still anxiously waiting to hear from loved ones, our thoughts are with you.

    As you can imagine, this crisis is taking a toll on many people with illnesses who have not been able to get to their doctors. Many clinics were not able to open because of the lack of diesel fuel to keep their generators going, and a severe shortage of gasoline made it impossible for many to get around.

    Our Southeast Region Cancer Control Team, under the leadership of our VP Megan Wessel, has been working to understand and create meaningful solutions and support for affected cancer patients. Here are some highlights:

    • We have established a relief fund for patients impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. People can donate here: 
    • We have assembled a list of hurricane-specific resources for Puerto Ricans and their families, and made that available.
    • We are providing referrals to providers who are willing to provide charity care to patients from Puerto Rico and helping patients navigate insurance coverage issues and opportunities.
    • We are prepared to offer limited financial assistance to patients in active treatment (subject to eligibility).
    • Financial assistance program funds can be used for flights off the island. While we can't book flights, we are prepared to offer support and guidance. Patients who relocate are eligible for all of our typical transportation solutions in Florida and elsewhere.
    • Patients who relocate will have access to all our lodging solutions, including Hope Lodges and the Hotel Partners Program. We are also prepared to make referrals to community organizations coordinating lodging in volunteer homes.
    • Calls from Puerto Rico to NCIC were being warm-transferred to our team in Tampa, Fla, and handled by Spanish-speaking staff. Patients and families needing assistance should call 800-227-2345 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • Patients from the U.S. Virgin Island were transported to our Hope Lodge in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma.

    Our friends and colleagues in Puerto Rico continue to face a long recovery. Many of you have asked how you can help during recovery. We have been in touch with Puerto Rico EVP Lillian Santos about the best ways to help, and as soon as we have concrete plans in place, we will share them. 




  • NCCRT's new website is now live!

    Today, Oct. 3, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) launched a refreshed website (nccrt.org) with new features to make it easier to find the tools and resources you need to support our work to increase colorectal cancer screening. 

    New features include interactive maps that allow you to explore the partners that have pledged 80% by 2018 in each state; a new searchable Resource Center that allows you to identify and select evidence-based innovations and tools to help you in your work; and ways to share your signature tools and resources with the NCCRT community. 

    Take a guided tour of the new features! We also encourage you to share it with your partners! You can adapt this message, as well as retweet/repost the messages we're sharing on @NCCRTnews and facebook.com/coloncancerroundtable

    A huge thank you to the many NCCRT friends who helped with the site refresh, including: Melinda Baker, director, Web Marketing, Strategic Marking & Alliances; April Barry; Barry Berger; Heather Dacus; Anjee Davis; Andi Dwyer; Stacey Fedewa, strategic director, Risk Factors & Screening Surveillance, Intramural Research; David Greenwald; Heather Hampel; Djenaba Josep; Elizabeth Mendes, director, Digital Content, Programs and Services; Angela Moore; Lauren Rosenthal, director, National Lung Cancer Roundtable, Prevention and Early Detection; Jennifer Sienko, program director, Prevention and Early Detection; Michael Sola; Tamar Wallace; and especially, Emily Butler Bell, associate director, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Prevention and Early Detection. (ACS staffers' names are bolded.)




  • Groundbreaking ceremony held for our Hope Lodge in Houston; $8.2M still needed to reach our goal

    On Oct. 3, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge in Houston, expected to be the largest Hope Lodge in the nation, with 64 patient suites. 

    At capacity, the $30-million facility will offer 23,000 nights of lodging to approximately 1,000 guests annually, representing a combined savings to patients of more than $3 million. Construction is estimated to take 12-18 months, and the grand opening is anticipated in 2019. 

    Last fall, the campaign obtained land for the facility near the Texas Medical Center. The Minnesota-based Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, created by Best Buy founder Dick Schulze, committed to a $10 million one-to-one challenge grant to name Houston's Hope Lodge. There's still $1.5 million left to reach that challenge before the end of this year. After that, there will be $6.7 million needed to finish the fundraising campaign. Once that goal is met, the organization will have met its original $30 million campaign goal and have an operational endowment of $10 million, thanks to the Schulze family.

    Hurricane Harvey underscores the need for Hope Lodge

    The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey highlighted and exacerbated the demand for safe accommodations for cancer patients seeking treatment from Houston's medical community.  The availability of affordable lodging was already limited as it had not kept pace with the Texas Medical Center's growth as a world class provider of healthcare and innovative research. In the storm's aftermath, cancer patients in Houston were struggling to find accommodations as many hotels were closed or at capacity with displaced Houston residents.

    As Houston begins the rebuilding process in the months and years to come, it is now more important than ever to finish this campaign so cancer patients traveling to Houston can focus on getting better, and not worry about where they will stay during their treatments.  

    The Hope Lodge Houston campaign is in a final critical fundraising stretch. If you know people who might want to donate, direct them to cancer.org/hopelodgehouston.

    Houston Texans owner Bob McNair and his wife, philanthropist Janice Suber McNair, launched the Hope Lodge Houston campaign back in 2012, a week after plans were unveiled for the five-story, 76,000-square-foot facility.

    Three Hope Lodge groundbreakings in six weeks!

    On Sept. 19, we broke ground on the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation Hope Lodge in Jackson, MS. That 32-room facility is being built next to the main campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. It will offer 12,000 nights of free lodging to patients and their caregivers, saving them more than $1.5 million per year in hotel lodging costs.

    And, on Oct. 23 we will be breaking ground on a Hope Lodge facility in Jacksonville, Florida. That campaign was publicly launched in fall 2014, with a goal of raising $19.6 million.  This capital campaign also received a one-to-one matching grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to be used as an operating endowment and to accelerate the close of the campaign.  The campaign successfully met the matching grant goal in early 2017.  When complete, the Hope Lodge Jacksonville community will have 30 private rooms and provide more than 11,000 free nights of lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers.

    PHOTOS: Top photo from left, CEO Gary Reedy, Richard Schulze, Temple Webber, Cary McNair, Sandy Biggers, director, Major Gift Campaigns; and Zach Jurgensen. Pictured in the smaller image is David Quessenberry, a Texans offensive lineman and a survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


  • Meet the recipients of our 2017 Hope Lodge award!

    This year the 2017 Margot S. Freudenberg National Volunteer Award is being presented to an individual and a church: Wanda Smith of Greenville, North Carolina, and Lord of Life Lutheran Church inMaple Grove, Minnesota.

    Wanda began volunteering at the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge in Greenville, NC, in 2010. She has spent more than 900 hours facilitating Look Good Feel Better sessions, greeting guests with a smile at the front desk, giving head and scarf demonstrations, and much more. Through "Wiggin' Out with Wanda," she even meets with guests and shows them how to style and care for their wigs. And, in her spare time, Wanda volunteers with the Vidant Medical Center where patients see her as a "guardian angel".  

    "She is a great listener and our guests know she has a compassionate heart," said Katrina Combs, manager, Hope Lodge. "Her simple selfless acts are gifts that make the sun shine a little brighter for those she serves." 

    In 2011, Lord of Life Lutheran Church began volunteering at The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Minneapolis, MN. Church volunteers have put in more than 3,500 hours preparing meals for guests. Additionally, members of the Lord of Life have donated homemade mittens, notecards, prayer shawls, bingo prizes, and many other supplies. One of their most visible contributions has been the "Grab-N-Go" bag program. The volunteers fill paper bags with water and snacks for guests to take with them to their treatments, giving guests one less thing to think about.

    "They consistently ease the burden of our guests with home cooked dinners, donate much needed items, and bring a sense of home to our wonderful Hope Lodge with their smiling faces," said Debbie Nelson, assistant manager of the Hope Lodge. 

    About the Margot S. Freudenberg National Volunteer Award

    This award, named after the founder of the first Hope Lodge facility in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1970, is presented annually to an individual and/or group in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Hope Lodge program. Margot was actively involved in Hope Lodge until she was 105, and is the longest serving American Cancer Society volunteer to date. 

    This year's selection task force was comprised of volunteers and staff from all six regions, as well as a member of the Freudenberg family, and its decision was based on defined criteria.  

    If you have any questions, please contact Sundi Herring, regional director, Hope Lodge Operations. 

    PHOTOS: Church volunteers are pictured in the top photo. Pictured in the smaller image is Wanda Smith, left, with Mary McConnell-Raab, MD, an oncologist, cancer survivor, and founder of the Hope Lodge community in Greenville, NC.

     




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