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Register now for the March 5 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month webcast

Thursday, March 5, 2 - 3 p.m. ET

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) and the American Cancer Society will kick off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with our annual webcast, featuring Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer and NCCRT chair, and other special guests. It will mark the second year of the 80% in Every Community campaign.

Register now!

The annual webcast celebrates the exciting work that is happening around the country to increase colorectal cancer screening and spread awareness that screening saves lives. This year, we’ll look back on our shared successes, get updates from the field, and meet the winners of the 2020 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards. The webcast will include a special focus on the role employers can play in promoting colorectal cancer screening.

Volunteers, individuals, and organizations are invited to join the webcast, which will be broadcast live from ACS headquarters in Atlanta. 

Visit the event webpage to learn more and to register. 

  • 2020 Volunteer Summit wraps up in Atlanta!

    ​This year's theme was #ElevateEveryMoment

    The American Cancer Society’s 2020 Volunteer Summit, previously known as the Nationwide Volunteer and Staff Leadership Summit, took place on February 12 and 13 at the Loew’s Hotel in Atlanta. 

    Approximately 250 volunteer leaders, primarily Area Board members, and their staff partners attended the event, co-hosted by Marquetta Bryan, Georgia Area Board chair, and Jeff Fehlis, executive vice president, South Region. 

    The opening session featured CEO Gary Reedy; Kris Kim, acting chief operating officer; Bill Cance, MD, our chief medical and scientific officer; Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN, and other senior leaders sharing enterprise priorities and key aspects of our three-year enterprise strategic plan. The session also included words from Dan Heist, immediate past chair of the ACS Board of Directors, and Jeff Kean, 2020 Board chair.

    On Wednesday, participants learned about "The Role of Health Equity" and "Relationship Sales." Panelists for the session on health equity were Dr. Rick Ngo, Houston Area Board, South Region; Pooja Mishra, MBA, MHA, FACHE, LSSGB, executive director, Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence, Grady Health System; Laurie Bertrand, executive director, Development, North Region; Carolyn Rhee, past chair Los Angeles Central Coast Area Board, West Region; Dave Panana, AZ/NM Area Board member; and Tracy Wiedt, managing director, Healthy Communities, ACS. 

    The "Relationship Sales" session showcased the value and art of relationship selling vs. transactional selling, especially in the non-profit arena where we're asking people to give their time, talent, or treasure versus buying a product. Three videos highlighted staff and volunteer successes. Presenters were Rob Soles, Illinois Area Board, North Central Region; Crystal Yelverton, director, Field Sales Relationship Management, ACS; and Latanza Adjei, senior VP of sales and marketing, Georgia Power.

    Later in the afternoon, a session on "Embracing and Enlisting Diversity" featured Tawana Thomas-Johnson, our VP, Diversity & Inclusion, ACS; Naomi Rainey Pearson Erdmann, Los Angeles Central Coast Area Board and Long Beach NAACP president and community activist; Wendy Johnson, executive director, Development in Tampa, Southeast Region; Dr. Christal Morris, VP, Global Inclusion Diversity, Idex Corp.; and Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, ACS CAN board. All area planning related to volunteer growth and leadership succession must include specific diversity and inclusion goals appropriate to that market.

    The last session of the first day was on access to care. The goal was to have volunteer leaders understand the efforts and needs regarding transportation resources for patients, and our ongoing advocacy efforts. Presenters were Jeff Martin, Advocacy Administration and Training Operations, ACS CAN, and Lindsay Maggio McElwee, executive director, Development, in South Texas, South Region.

    The keynote speaker on Wednesday was Bob Somers, senior VP of sales, for Delta Airlines. He discussed #CreatingMoments and customer experience.

    On Thursday, Mike Neal, senior EVP, Field Operations, reviewed highlights of 2019. Mike also shared his vision on how the strategic plan can be executed at the community level, with a focus on 2020.

    The closing speaker was Dave Rose, a cancer survivor, and former Brigham Young University basketball head coach. In June 2009, on a late-night flight, he became ill, feeling dizzy and lightheaded. Paramedics took him from the plane directly to the hospital where the doctors discovered a tumor in Dave’s stomach and proceeded to remove it along with his spleen, a portion of his pancreas, and nearby lymph nodes. Later, doctors diagnosed him with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor cancer. The surgery was a success and he has been in remission. Since that time, Dave has served on the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council and has lobbied before Congress for more funding for cancer research. 

    The opening and closing presentations are being recorded and replays will be available next week.

    TOP PHOTO: From left, Jeff Fehlis, Gary Reedy, Kris Kim, Lisa Lacasse, and Bill Cance, MD.

  • ACS launches Relay For Life chatbot via Facebook Messenger

    Chatbot helps maximize customer self-service by answering common questions 

    The American Cancer Society recently launched a new chatbot within the Facebook Messenger platform on the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Facebook page. This chatbot focuses on helping consumers quickly find answers to commonly asked questions related to Relay For Life.

    These common themes were identified for why a customer would use the Messenger platform before creating this unique chatbot.

    • General Relay For Life information
    • How to find a local event
    • How to donate
    • How to dedicate a luminaria
    • How to fundraise

    This chatbot will help customers find answers to their questions by providing information, videos, or links where applicable. When a more complex answer is required, such as a specific cancer related question, the chatbot will guide them to call NCIC or use Live Chat on cancer.org.

    Users can access the chatbot on their mobile device or computer by visiting the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Facebook page and clicking "Send Message". A customer will then be able to choose to join an event, explore topics, or contact us with one click.

    A similar chatbot for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Cancer Facebook page will be coming soon.

  • Help promote Give Blood to Give Time and consider donating blood

    ​We hope you have been seeing our Give Blood to Give Time ads popping up on the internet.

    One features model Cindy Crawford, whose brother died from leukemia before he turned 4 years old. Today, as a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, she helps shine a light on how blood donors play an important role in the battle against cancer.

    Another video features Hannah, a young girl who underwent lots of transfusions during her treatment for leukemia. Now in remission, Hannah says: “For every blood donor out there, there is not enough gratitude in the world for you guys. You are giving a life to someone who needs a life, so thank you.”

    And, if you have not seen this moving video, watch now

    This joint campaign with the American Red Cross was launched on Feb. 10 and continues through Feb. 29. We want people to know that blood donations help patients fighting cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation can damage the body's ability to generate healthy blood cells and cause potentially life-threatening conditions. Blood transfusions from generous donors help to provide patients with critical clotting factors, proteins, and antibodies needed to help their bodies fight back.

    Cancer patients use nearly 1/4 of the blood supply – more than patients fighting any other disease – but only 3% of Americans donate blood in a given year.

    Here’s how you can help:

    • Schedule a blood donation:  To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. If you want to donate platelets, which takes loner than donating blood, watch this video. A whole blood donation takes about an hour from start to finish, but the actual donation itself only takes about 8-10 minutes. Platelet donation may take up to two and a half hours, and a Power Red donation is about an hour and 15 minutes long. A Power Red donation allows you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urgently needed. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, surgical patients, and bone marrow transplant recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so there is a constant, often critical, need for platelets to keep up with hospital demand. 
    • Make a financial gift: Give a financial gift to the American Cancer Society to support its comprehensive approach to attacking cancer that includes breakthrough research, free rides to treatment, free lodging near hospitals and a live 24/7 helpline. Or, donate to help the American Red Cross to support the collection and distribution of lifesaving blood products to cancer patients in need.

    Visit GiveBloodToGiveTime.org to do either!

    Helping underwrite this is Merck Pharmaceuticals.

    If you missed the story about the launch of Give Blood to Give, read this.

  • Partnership with Andersen grows

    ​Window and door manufacturer has donated windows to Hope Lodge

    In just 15 months of partnering with ACS, Andersen Corporation and Renewal by Andersen have raised $604,000 for the American Cancer Society, as well as provided tens of thousands of dollars of in-kind donations.

    Since 2018, Minnesota-based Renewal by Andersen has been a committed partner. In that first year, Renewal by Andersen mobilized its network and kicked off its “Wear Pink, Save Lives” campaign. They set a goal of raising $150,000 during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thanks to the dedication of all of their locations across the country, they blew that goal out of the water, raising more than $207,000 in just a few short weeks. 

    In 2019, Renewal by Andersen announced it would help the American Cancer Society fight for a world without cancer all year round. Its 2019, its "Wear Pink. Save Lives.” campaign raised $241,750, and the company installed 114 new windows at our Hope Lodge in Kansas City, MO, saving us more than $100,000 in product and labor.

    Renewal by Andersen’s partnership expanded to its parent company, Andersen Corporation, when American Cancer Society became a featured charity for its employee giving campaign. That raised $155,063 in October 2019.

    Watch Renewal by Andersen General Manager David Meade, a cancer survivor, explain why the company is proud to support ACS. The video also features Dave Bension, EVP, North Region.

    This year, Renewal by Andersen will be donating and installing new windows at our AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston.

    For questions about these partnerships, please contact Keely Couillard and Casie Kamph.

    Andersen Corporation and its affiliates make up the largest window and door manufacturer in North America.

    TOP PHOTO: Pictured from left, Cindy Makel, Amy Haynes, Christi Erickson, Mike Noble, Suzanne Swanson, Keely Couillard, and Ashley Berndt, all ACS staffers; Anthony Carrino, HGTV influencer; Matt Martinek, ACS; David Reber, general manager Kansas City Renewal by Andersen; Adam May, communications manager, Renewal by Andersen; Danica Cherry, ACS; and two Renewal by Andersen installers.

  • Seeking: Gen2End Leadership Team members

    ​Approximately 30 volunteers and staff will serve on the team

    The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers (ages 22-35) to serve on a leadership team for an exciting new initiative. Gen2End seeks to engage millennials and centennials in the fight against cancer. The belief is that their generations will finally end this disease. 

    The leadership team will be comprised of roughly 15 staffers (who have already been slotted based on their roles) and 15 volunteers, who will execute a strategic plan to involve young professionals in our lifesaving work.

    Volunteers with expertise in the following focus areas are needed: marketing, social media, communications, innovation and customer experience. Interested applicants can apply online by the February 14 deadline. Applicants will be notified in early March.

    Through Gen2End, ACS hopes to:

    • Provide young professionals with a best-in-class volunteer experience, a place where they can build their skills and contribute to a cause that is important to their future
    • Build a culture where young professionals are integrated in all aspects of the American Cancer Society, are valued and recognized for their meaningful contributions, and encouraged to be innovative
    • Build trust and loyalty in ACS among these generations, establishing a life-long affinity to our mission of creating a world free from cancer.

    For more information, please message ACSVolunteerCare@cancer.org.

  • Today is #WorldCancerDay

    ​2020 marks the midway point of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign, representing the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

    On Tuesday, February 4, the American Cancer Society will join the global cancer community to celebrate World Cancer Day to raise awareness about cancer and encourage continued support, action, and funding for cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the event.

    As part of its World Cancer Day promotions, UICC will livestream cancer events around the globe on Feb. 4 on its World Cancer Day Facebook page. Included in the livestream was an interview with Lorraina Aldridge, ACS regional director, Hope Lodge Operations, following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the American Cancer Society Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge in Jacksonville. 

    Cancer is responsible for 1 in 6 deaths worldwide – more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. And, it has a disproportionate impact on low- and middle-income countries. In 2016, 70% of cancer-related deaths were in these areas. The continued prevalence of and increase in smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and fewer childbirths in economically transitioning countries are expected to cause an increase the future burden of cancer. 

    On World Cancer Day and every day, the American Cancer Society is committed to leading the fight for a world without cancer. We are focused on sharing what we know with partners around the globe to transform cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable.  

    Our Global Cancer Control team works in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and India. The team focuses on:

    • Prevention and detection  
    • Treatment  
    • Patient support  
    • Capacity building 
    • Pain relief

    To learn more about the global cancer burden, check out Global Cancer Facts & Figures and the Cancer Atlas, Third Edition. For more about ACS’s global cancer control programs, visit  cancer.org/WorldCancerDay2020 or check out this new video that describes our global work.

    And to show your support for the global fight against cancer, join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WorldCancerDay.


  • Congratulations to the Spirit of Relay Award winners!

    Awards are presented in two categories: nomination-based and data-determined

    The Spirit of Relay Awards seek to 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 the Relay For Life movement. From engaging survivors or an entire school community to promoting an event or creating an event experience to remember, individual victories collectively translate to attacking cancer from every angle. 

    Some award winners were chosen based on the Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Award, and others were determined by data compiled in AC reporting systems. To learn more about the criteria for each of these awards, review the Relay For Life Nationwide Awards Program Flyer

    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 the winners of the highest Spirit of Relay Awards. For the entire list of all winners, please visit Relay Connect.

    • Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Nationwide Award Winner:  Relay For Life of Father Ryan High School – Nashville, TN 

    Select Fundraising and Data-Based Award Winners

    • Gordy Klatt #1 Net Income Event: Relay For Life of Gwinnett County  Lawrenceville, GA (pictured above)
    • Gordy Klatt #1 Per Capita: Saint James Parish – Louisiana
    • Gordy Klatt Power of Hope: Los Angeles County – California
    • #1 Rookie Event (year 1): Relay For Life of Taneytown Taneytown, MD

    Teams of Excellence

    1. Nucor Steel Decatur – $450,100 – Decatur, AL 
    2. Nucor Steel Louisiana – $418,202 – Lutcher, LA
    3. Taco Bell – $315,000 – Jacksonville, TX 
    4. Southern Motion – $285,000 – Pontotoc, MS
    5. Rosebud Miners – $266,999 – Ford City, PA



  • ESPN reporter and cancer survivor receives a very public emotional tribute

    ​ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe, who continued to work while battling melanoma, received a surprise tribute during the Jan. 20 Oklahoma-Baylor baskeball game in Waco, Texas.

    Before the start of the second half, broadcasters, coaches, players, and fans participated in a tribute organized by Coaches vs. Cancer. They held up signs with the words "I Fight For" on them, on which they had written the names of loved ones. Many of them had written Holly's name on their card, including ESPN broadcasters Fran Fraschilla and Bob Wschusen. Holly's reaction is what you would expect.

    Watch here.

    Read more about her cancer journey.

    This week, Jan. 20 - Jan. 26, is Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week, when NABC coaches trade in their dress shoes for sneakers to raise awareness about the fight against cancer. This season, Suits And Sneakers Week is supporting childhood cancer research, services, and prevention efforts.

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