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Gamers vs Cancer hosts College Streaming Tournament

Fundraising begins April 2; checkout the tool kit and start recruiting!

In an effort to think creatively, the American Cancer Society is launching our first College Streaming Tournament. This initiative seeks to attract new volunteers and new revenue from within the fast growing live-streaming community.

How does it work

The tournament will pit 64 colleges against each other in a bracket-style contest to determine which school’s “streamers” can raise the most support each week and throughout the duration of the six-week challenge. Fundraising will begin on Thursday, April 2, and end on Wednesday, May 13. Campus volunteers and are encouraged to seek out experienced live streamers to represent and support their favorite school in the fight against cancer

There is no limit to how many streamers a school can recruit. Whether streamers are current students, alumni, admitted students, or just fans of the school, anyone can participate as long as their fundraising is performed via their live-stream channel and utilizes the fundraising page they create at gamersvscancer.org/cst.

Prizes will be awarded to the top four champion fundraising schools. The individual streamer who raises the most money throughout the tournament will win a brand-new gaming chair. Various random prizes will be awarded to streamers throughout the tournament. Based on their fundraising totals, streamers in the tournament will be eligible to earn official Gamers vs Cancer merchandise. 

Streamer basics

A streamer is someone who has their own live-stream channel and broadcasts regularly to an audience of fans, followers, or subscribers. Most live-streamers can be found on platforms/websites such as Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, or Facebook. Many streamers who would want to play in the tournament will play a video game while interacting with their audience. The audience can see the game screen, as well as the streamer.

How to find Streamers

  • Reach out to your local high school or college athletic department and ask if they have an eSports team. Many of their players are likely to have their own live-stream channel.
  • Ask fellow volunteers, family, and friends if they watch any streams on Twitch. If they know what you're talking about, they'll get excited and share everything they know! 
  • Post to your event and personal social media channels that you are looking for Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, or Facebook Live streamers to join the fight against cancer.
  • Search Twitch and your city or state to find local streamers.
  • Call your local video game retail outlets and/or gaming lounges/arenas. Many of them have their own community of gamers and streamers. 

For more information about the tournament, contact Jeffrey Montegut or Nino Cimino at gamersvscancer@cancer.org or view the College Streaming Tournament Toolkit.



  • We need creative, innovative virtual fundraising ideas!

    These ideas can help us stand together – even when we’re apart

    As an organization, we have an opportunity to come up with new, creative virtual fundraising ideas while ACS in-person events are suspended. Our mission to save lives continues to be a priority for volunteers, staff, donors, and others who rely on us each day. 

    We need your help! Submit innovative ways to continue our fundraising efforts in a virtual space. Here’s how: 

    • Fundraising ideas (only) can be submitted to the Fundraising Ideas Database. This is the website that has been shared in earlier messages. If you are looking for a new idea, you can peruse existing ideas through this database, as well. Although the website is branded for Relay For Life, all revenue fundraising ideas are encouraged and welcomed. This database is being updated 2-3 times per week, so check back often!    
    • Volunteers and staff can share ideas about virtual fundraising, events, and more by emailing ACSeventsolutions@cancer.org. All ideas are welcome – not just fundraising – to support our events during this season. All fundraising ideas will be added to the Fundraising Ideas Database, and all non-fundraising ideas are being collected and shared with appropriate teams throughout the organization. 

    Thank you for sharing your creative and innovative ideas! 

  • Coronavirus/Covid-19 Guidance: March 26

    Amid the uncertainty that surrounds us right now, one thing that remains constant is that the American Cancer Society will be there for cancer patients when they need us most.

    ​This is your go-to place on My Society Source for the latest information and guidance involving ACS and COVID-19, the new coronavirus. This article will remain in the carousel indefinitely and be updated as needed.

    Stay safe, keep up your spirits, and continue to speak passionately about our mission. We need our volunteers now more than ever before!

    LATEST UPDATES

    How You Can Help

    • While this is undoubtedly a challenging time, cancer does not stop, and neither can we. We are asking for your ideas, innovative thinking, and creativity to help minimize the impact on our overall 2020 revenue. With powerful volunteer leaders like you by our side, we have no doubt the American Cancer Society will prevail and come out even stronger on the other side of this crisis. Especially in times like these, we are so grateful for the passion and dedication of our volunteers and staff. Thank you for all you are doing to help lead the right for a world without cancer.
    • Volunteers and staff can share ideas about virtual fundraising, events, and more by emailing ACSeventsolutions@cancer.org. All ideas are welcome – not just fundraising – to support our events during this season. Read more here.
    • Join our Gamers vs Cancer College Streaming Tournament! Learn more here.

    News Announced Earlier

    • Out of concern for our patients, we suspended our transporation services as of March 25. Read more here.
    • Read our CEO Gary Reedy's message to our volunteers and supporters. It was emailed to more than 2 million people on March 17 and posted on cancer.org.
    • We are postponing all ACS events through the middle of May, all ACS offices and Discovery Shops are now closed to the public, and staff will continue to work from home.

    Where to submit your ACS-related questions?

    • Please contact your staff partner or call our National Cancer Information Center (NCIC) at 1.800.227.2345. On cancer.org there is also the ability to Live Chat.

    EVENTS

    • We are suspending all in-person events through mid-May. 
    • A workgroup has been convened to work on enhanced virtual options for our cancelled events.
    • We do have tools that make online fundraising possible - event websites, the Relay For Life fundraising app, and Facebook fundraising. Please make sure your teammates are making use of them.

    How YOU can help curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself

    An Incidence Response Team is in place

    • We have assembled an incident response team that is assessing the potential impacts on different areas of Society business and developing action and contingency plans to mitigate risk for patients, volunteers, staff, and the organization as a whole. Its members are: Tim Phillips, our chief legal and risk officer; Len Lichtenfeld, MD, our deputy chief medical officer; Maria Clark, senior VP, Volunteer Events; Phil Monaghan, senior VP, Talent Strategy; and Paul McGee, strategic director, Strategic Communications.


  • If you never signed up for AmazonSmile, now is the time!

    ​With everyone stuck at home, more people may be turning to online shopping.

    This means extra money for the American Cancer Society if all of us - and all of our friends and families - sign up for AmazonSmile. It costs absolutely nothing, and ACS gets 0.5% of what you spend on each order.

    Sign up here!

    The key is to type in smile.amazon.com, not amazon.com, when you start your shopping

    Once you have selected the Society as the beneficiary, save the page as a favorite or simply type in smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com when you go shopping. It is so easy!

    0.5% may not sound like a lot – but it adds up quickly, thanks to millions who shop AmazonSmile every day. For details, read Amazon's Q&A about AmazonSmile.


  • Have you joined a Relay For Life team yet?

    If not, now is the time to get involved in your local event!

    The Relay movement includes over 2.5 million participants at 3,500 events worldwide and continues to be the largest revenue stream for the American Cancer Society and the top grossing peer-to-peer event in the U.S., raising nearly $6.5 billion since its inception in 1985.

    How to register

    From April 1 through June 30, more than 1,500 Relay events are scheduled to take place throughout the country to raise funds to help us lead the fight for a world without cancer. As you know, joining a Relay team is a fun way to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and your community.

    Here's how to find an event near you: 

    • Register for a local Relay event.
    • If you don't have an event near you, register for Relay USA – a virtual (online) Relay event. 

    How to fundraise

    • Download and fundraise from anywhere with our FUNdraising app. It is now easier than ever to raise and track donations. Participants raise 30% more when they use the mobile app. Learn more.
    • Utilizing your Relay Dashboard can help you reach your fundraising goals even quicker. Participants who update their personal page raise 6X more, send emails raise 8X more, and make a self-donation raise 3X more. Register for a local Relay event and create your personal page today.
    • Facebook Fundraisers makes raising money easier than ever. On average, a fundraiser raises $115. Learn more.

  • Meet our 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award winners

    And, register now for the March 5 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast

    The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), founded by ACS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is honoring leaders with the 2020 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award for distinguished, ongoing efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening rates across the U.S.

    Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S. and the second most common cause of cancer deaths when men and women are combined.

    "Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer," said Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer, and NCCRT chair. "With regular screening, most polyps can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer. Screening can also find colorectal cancer early, when it's small and easier to treat. So, we are honored to recognize the dedication of these community leaders who share our goal of increasing the number of people that have access to life-saving colorectal cancer screening."

    80% in Every Community is an NCCRT initiative that works with community health centers, health plans, hospitals, health systems, employers, and others to reach 80% colorectal cancer screening rates nationally. Nearly 1,800 organizations have signed a pledge to make this goal a priority.

    The 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award includes one grand prize winner and five other honorees. Each receives a monetary award to be used to support continued efforts to increase screening for colorectal cancer.

    This year's recipients include: The University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL; Representative Fred Allen, Little Rock, AR; Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Norton Sound Health Corporation, Nome, AK; North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Union City, NJ; and North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Bismarck, ND.

    Award winners will be recognized during the annual NCCRT Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast on March 5 at 2 p.m. ET featuring Dr. Wender and other guests celebrating the successes of the 80% in Every Community initiative and sharing more about colorectal cancer screening. Register to attend the live webcast and learn more about increasing colorectal cancer screening rates.

    More details about this year's recipients:

    • $3,000 Grand Prize Winner:
      Category: Employer
      The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
      Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is the state of Alabama's largest employer and an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center. Its professional schools and specialty patient-care programs are consistently ranked among the nation's top 50. In 2016, UAB Medicine and UAB Employee Wellness began partnering with the American Cancer Society to increase colorectal cancer screening and awareness among the university's 23,000 employees. These efforts led to the Love Your Bum, Get it Screened campaign, a creative and multifaceted campaign with screening events including an inflatable walk-through colon, lunch and learns with physician presentations, educational videos highlighting UAB leadership, contests, and screening and awareness messages on employee websites and social media. As a result, colorectal cancer screening among UAB employees enrolled in a medical plan has increased from 54% in 2014 to 68% in 2019.
    • $1,000 Honoree:
      Category: Policy Maker/Elected Leader
      Representative Fred Allen, Little Rock, AR
      Representative Fred Allen is a fifth term legislator in the Arkansas State House of Representatives. As a stage IV prostate cancer survivor, Representative Allen understands how important it is to have access to timely, quality cancer screening, diagnostic follow up, and treatment. However, as of 2014, colorectal cancer screening in Arkansas ranked 46th in the nation despite being one of 12 states with a cluster of counties experiencing significantly high death rates from colorectal cancer. As a result, Representative Allen partnered with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to lead a legislative effort to improve access and funding for colorectal cancer screening in Arkansas. Act 655, signed into law on April 2, 2019, established the Arkansas Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative and provides $500,000 in new funding for colorectal cancer screening, education, diagnostic, and treatment services with priority given to uninsured and underinsured individuals across the state.
    • $1,000 Honoree:
      Category: Cancer Center
      Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Houston, TX
      The NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center (DLDCCC) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, engages with community partners to improve access to cancer screening and prevention among the medically underserved. In collaboration with Harris Health System, a safety net healthcare provider, and community clinics, the DLDCCC implements multi-level interventions to increase cancer screening and primary prevention. Its colorectal cancer screening program includes community outreach, culturally and linguistically tailored educational materials, point-of-care patient education videos, patient navigation services, and provider and staff training. Since 2010, DLDCCC has achieved an over 250% increase in the proportion of age-eligible patients who complete a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) at Harris Health. In 2018, DLDCCC navigated 5,422 patients with an abnormal FIT to diagnostic follow-up, educated 21,686 patients about colorectal cancer screening, and distributed FIT kits and instruction sheets to 74,583 patients. Through its Community Theater program, the DLDCCC raises awareness about cancer screening and early detection at community venues in medically underserved areas.
    • $1,000 Honoree:
      Category: Community Health Center
      Norton Sound Health Corporation, Nome, AK
      Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) is a tribally owned and operated healthcare organization serving 20 tribes in the Bering Strait region, a 44,000 square-mile section of northwestern Alaska. The Alaska Native population that NSHC serves has significantly higher colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates compared with national averages. NSHC patients also experience significant barriers to screening; most patients live below 200% of the Federal Poverty level, many communities are only accessible by airplane, and five villages do not have running water or sewer. Despite these challenges, NSHC has been able to increase colorectal cancer screening rates from 7% in 2013 to 70.5% in 2019. NSHC proactively identifies patients in need of screening, offers patients a choice of screening tests, provides stool tests with no out of pocket costs, offers colonoscopy screening each month in the Nome clinic, and coordinates all of the necessary arrangements including travel, housing, food, and escorts for patients that need to travel for a colonoscopy.
    • $1,000 Honoree:
      Category: Community Health Center
      North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Union City, NJ
      North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) is the largest health center in New Jersey with 10 delivery sites located in Hudson, Bergen and Passaic counties. NHCAC, a certified Patient Centered Medical Home, has made colorectal cancer screening a priority across its health centers which serve over 86,000 predominately Hispanic/Latino patients. After receiving an American Cancer Society grant to accelerate the existing work that the health center was doing to increase colorectal cancer screening in 2014, NHCAC implemented a number of evidence-based systems changes, including patient navigation, patient and provider reminders, and reduction of structural barriers including transportation and client costs. Screening eligible patients also received a screening recommendation at all health center visits, including dental and behavior health, to avoid critical, missed opportunities. As a result, NHCAC reached an 84% screening rate in 2018, achieving the 80% goal and dramatically improving access to quality preventative care for the community they serve.
    • $1,000 Honoree:
      Category: Cancer Coalition/State Roundtable
      North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Bismarck, ND
      The North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NDCCRT), co-led by ACS and the North Dakota Department of Health, is a statewide coalition of organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of and mortality from colorectal cancer in North Dakota, through coordinated leadership and strategic planning. Prior to the NDCCRT's formation in 2015, North Dakota had some of the lowest screening rates in the nation. With participation from numerous partners, including community health centers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, the primary care association, the Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, the Indian Health Services, and the North Dakota Medical Association, NDCCRT partners have worked together to forge a coordinated, collaborative, and focused prioritization of colorectal cancer screening across the state. Coordinated activities focused on provider education, public awareness, and access to care. Colorectal cancer screening in North Dakota has increased from 58% in 2012 to 67% in 2018, making it one of the most improved states in the nation.

    To learn more about the NCCRT, and the 80% in Every Community initiative, visit nccrt.org.




  • ACS announces Medal of Honor recipients

    ​The Medal of Honor selection workgroup is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2020 Medal of Honor, the American Cancer Society’s highest award. The award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the categories of basic research, cancer control, clinical research, and philanthropy. 

    This year's recipients will be recognized at a black-tie ceremony in New York on November 11. Attendees will include ACS and ACS CAN Board members, volunteers from around the country, Area Board members, corporate partners, prominent scientists from the research community, cancer control partners, and others.

    The 2020 recipients are:

    • Medal of Honor in Basic Research: Lewis C. Cantley, PhD, Meyer Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York. This award honors scientists who have made significant fundamental research contributions with lasting impact on the cancer field or important discoveries or inventions within the field. Cantley is a cell biologist and biochemist who has made significant advances to the understanding of cancer metabolism. Among his most notable contributions are the discovery and study of the enzyme PI-3-kinase, now known to be important to understanding cancer and diabetes mellitus. He is currently a Meyer director and professor of Cancer Biology at the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. He was formerly a professor in the Departments of Systems Biology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the director of Cancer Research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston. 
    • The Medal of Honor in Cancer Control: Leslie Bernstein, PhD, MS, City of Hope, Duarte, California. As a biostatistician and epidemiologist, she was instrumental in identifying physical activity as a means to reduce the risk of breast cancer. She is involved in projects to explore the links between hormone exposures, physical activity, obesity, and cancer. She is also examining how breast cancer impacts the lives of women after they are finished with treatment. This award honors individuals who have conducted research in and/or created and/or greatly advanced public heath, public communication, or public policy that has had a major impact and/or stimulated new directions in cancer control. 
    • The Medal of Honor in Clinical Research: Ching-Hon Pui, MD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Pui is a pioneer in translating biomedical advances to treatments, helping increase the survival rate of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) to 94 percent. His work has improved survivors' quality of life by successfully abolishing cranial irradiation. His leadership has increased global treatment access and survival rates for childhood ALL.

    Originally called the American Cancer Society Award, the Medal of Honor was first presented in 1949. Since then, the award has been presented to those who are dedicated to help ease the burden of cancer. Some have earned the award by stemming the spread of the disease through exceptional work in cancer control. Others have devoted their careers to understanding cancer’s causes and cures through basic and clinical research. Still others have made a major impact on cancer through their generosity and philanthropy.  

    Candidates for the Medal of Honor are nominated by members of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors and other individuals interested in honoring leaders in the cancer community.

    Past recipients include former U.S. President and First Lady George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush; former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden; Edward M. Kennedy, senator from Massachusetts; George N. Papanicolau, MD, inventor of the Pap test; Robert C. Gallo, MD, recognized for his achievements in pioneering the field of human retrovirology; Judah Folkman, MD, a leading researcher in the field of antiangiogenesis; former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD; advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren; and American journalist Katie Couric.

    If you have questions about this award, please email medalofhonor@cancer.org.


  • Relay launching Leap Day challenge to fund research

    Help spread the word about our "1 Day of Change"

    This year is a leap year, with 366 days. So, on Saturday, Feb. 29, our extra day, we are launching a Relay For Life challenge to raise $175,000 – the average cost to fund a research grant for an early career scientist.

    All “1 Day of Change” donations will directly support researchers and the vital work they do every day to fight cancer. Researchers like: 

    • Dr. Rebeca San Martin, who learned about cancer at a young age and went on to dedicate her life to research. Today she studies how genes are folded and packaged in the nucleus to better understand prostate cancer. 
    • Dr. Barzin Nabet, who sees cancer research as important and challenging work and currently focuses on translational lung cancer research to better understand which patients respond to certain therapies and why.

    Here’s how you can help: 

    • Since word-of-mouth is our most powerful tool, ask your friends and family to donate to your personal Relay page.  
    • Repost social posts from national or local pages leading up to and on February 29. Here are links to our national Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

  • Blood donation appointments up nearly 30% online!

    ​Our message is getting out - here are some social media messages you can use

    The American Red Cross is happy to report that blood donation appointments made online are up nearly 30% since we jointly kicked off the Give Blood To Give Time campaign on Feb. 10. It runs through Feb. 29.

    Stephenie Perry, pictured in both of these images, is a survivor of Stage 3 Hodgkin Lymphoma. She was diagnosed on April 28, 2015, 10 days before the commencement ceremony for her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. She has been in remission since 2018. 

    During treatment, blood transfusions were a gift she will forever be grateful for. "Getting blood was just like a rush of new life. It really helped me continue to do the things that made me me," she says in this video.

    "I am so thankful for blood donors. It means so much. They are giving something to somebody else so they have a better chance at life," she says.

    Help us raise awareness about the need for blood donations to help ensure loved ones have the strength and support needed to battle cancer. Below are some sample messages to post on your social media channels:

    FACEBOOK

    • Join the Red Cross & @AmericanCancer and help people like Stephenie fight #cancer. You can support patients & their families by giving blood or platelets, or making a financial gift. Give now: rcblood.org/time #GiveBloodToGiveTime
    • (You can link to Stephenie's story on YouTube, as well: https://youtu.be/E3NLvX30iBg)

    • Many cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy, will require blood during their treatment. But there aren't enough people donating blood regularly to meet the need. Join the Red Cross and American Cancer Society to #GiveBloodToGiveTime by scheduling a blood donation appointment or making a financial gift: rcblood.org/time 

    • Join the Red Cross and American Cancer Society this February as they work together to encourage people to #GiveBloodToGiveTime. Your blood donation or financial gift can help cancer patients get vital treatments and access to the programs and services they need. Learn more and help: rcblood.org/time 

    • Cancer takes so much, but you can help patients and their families by making a blood or platelet donation, or by making a financial gift. Join the Red Cross and American Cancer Society this February and #GiveBloodToGiveTime. Visit rcblood.org/time to learn more.

     TWITTER

    • #Cancer patients use more blood than patients fighting any other disease. And, there simply aren't enough people regularly donating blood to meet the need. That's why @RedCross is teaming up with @AmericanCancer to encourage people to #GiveBloodToGiveTime: rcblood.org/time

    • Join @RedCross & @AmericanCancer as they work together to encourage people to #GiveBloodToGiveTime. Your blood donation or financial gift can help #cancer patients get vital treatments and access to programs & services they need. Learn more & help: rcblood.org/time

    • #Cancer takes so much. But you can help by donating blood, platelets or a financial gift. Learn how you can support the @RedCross & @AmericanCancer and #GiveBloodToGiveTime at rcblood.org/time

    • For those undergoing chemotherapy treatments while battling #cancer, a blood transfusion is a meaningful way to give them the strength to keep fighting. Sign up to #GiveBloodToGiveTime with the @RedCross: rcblood.org/time

    • #DYK: Many cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy, will require blood during their treatment. Make your appointment to #GiveBloodToGiveTime with the @RedCross: rcblood.org/time

    • 5 units of blood are needed every minute of every day to help someone going though #cancer treatments. But there simply aren't enough people regularly donating blood to meet the need. Make your appointment with the @RedCross and #GiveBloodToGiveTime: rcblood.org/time

    • Has someone you love battled #cancer? Join the @RedCross & @AmericanCancer #GiveBloodToGiveTime campaign and donate blood or platelets, or make a financial gift, as a meaningful way to honor those fighting cancer or those who've overcome cancer. Give now: rcblood.org/time 

    • Schedule your blood donation or make a financial gift today and join the @RedCross and @AmericanCancer in helping cancer patients receive vital treatment and access to programs and services they need. #GiveBloodToGiveTime: rcblood.org/time


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