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ACS welcomes three new members to its Board of Directors

Board Elects Five New Officers for 2020 

 The American Cancer Society (ACS)  is pleased to announce three new members and the newly elected leadership officers to its Board of Directors, with all terms beginning on January 1, 2020.   

"We are honored to welcome these distinguished members to the Board of Directors," said Jeffrey L. Kean, 2020 chair of the Board. "Our Board comprises strong leaders who collectively use their talent, expertise, and commitment to help ACS continue its mission of attacking cancer from every angle."  

The ACS Board of Directors consists of 21 members, which includes five officers and 16 directors. Directors are elected for a two-year term, and officers hold their positions for a one-year term. For more details, read the 2020 Board Directory.

Joining the Board are:  

  • Katie Eccles, Salt Lake City, UT: Katie is an attorney and of counsel at Ray, Quinney & Nebeker. In 2015, she received the local ACS Sword of Hope Award in recognition of her years of service as chair of its Hope Lodge Board to fund, design and construct the Hope Lodge in Salt Lake City. Katie currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for the University of Utah and chairs its Audit Committee, as well as serving as a trustee of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation, the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.  
  • Patrick Geraghty, Jacksonville, FL: Patrick is president and CEO of GuideWell, which includes Florida Blue, GuideWell Connect, GuideWell Health, GuideWell Source, and PopHealthCare. He established CEOs Against Cancer chapters in Minnesota and Florida and received the national CEO of the Year award from ACS in 2011. Patrick is also a recipient of the 2017 St. George National Award. 
  • Oyebode Taiwo, MD, MPH, Minneapolis, MN: Oyebode is the corporate medical director of 3M where he is responsible for the development of 3M's global health strategy, as well as the leadership and management of the medical organization.

"We thank our outgoing Board members Edward Benz, Jr., MD, FACP, Kevin J. Cullen, MD, and Gregory L. Pemberton, Esq., for their dedication to the ACS mission," said Daniel P. Heist, outgoing 2019 chair of the Board. "We are excited to continue the great work with the newly-elected officers that bring more than 110 years of volunteer experience to the Board leadership roles."  

The 2020 American Cancer Society Board of Directors: 


  • Jeffrey L. Kean - Chair  
  • John Alfonso, CPA, CGMA - Vice Chair 
  • Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP - Board Scientific Officer 
  • Brian A. Marlow, CFA - Secretary/Treasurer 
  • Daniel P. Heist - Immediate Past Chair 


  • Joseph A. Agresta, Jr.  
  • Bruce N. Barron  
  • Jennifer R. Crozer 
  • Katie Eccles 
  • Patrick Geraghty 
  • Mark A. Goldberg, MD 
  • Gareth T. Joyce
  • Amit Kumar, PhD   
  • Michelle M. LeBeau, PhD 
  • Michael T. Marquardt  
  • Margaret McCaffery 
  • Terri McClements  
  • Joseph M. Naylor   
  • William D. Novelli 
  • Gary Shedlin 
  • Oyebode Taiwo, MD, MPH 



  • Giving Tuesday

    Dec. 3 is Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving when the world comes together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

    Across the American Cancer Society, teams and fundraisers are gearing up to leverage the milestone for a key fundraising push as they prepare to close out the year. 

    Here’s a snapshot of the Giving Tuesday activity happening across ACS:

    • Mastercard Match – For the third year, Mastercard has signed on as ACS’ exclusive #GivingTuesday match partner. Mastercard will match, dollar for dollar, all donations on up to a maximum of $150,000. ACS will promote this match through a series of email and social media messages throughout the day on Giving Tuesday, as well as a feature on the home page of Check out promotions that will begin starting Monday, December 2.

    • Event Fundraisers – Participants in Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and Real Men Wear Pink who want to engage their family and friends to donate to their fundraisers for Giving Tuesday have customizable tools available. ACS will complement these peer-to-peer fundraising efforts with some marketing to Relay For Life and Making Strides audiences through email, social media, and mobile marketing promotions on Giving Tuesday.

    In addition, ambassadors who rallied their networks to support the pilot ResearcHERS fundraising program in May have received sample messaging and content to re-engage their networks for another push this Giving Tuesday.

    As volunteers, you can join in on the Giving Tuesday fun, too, by sharing American Cancer Society Giving Tuesday posts on your social media platform of choice, FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

  • The 2019-2020 Coaches vs. Cancer season is underway

    Look for new TV ads

    The 2019-2020 Coaches vs. Cancer season kicked off November 24 with a robust media plan and new TV ads. The creative campaign leverages iconic coaches, including Roy Williams of the University of North Carolina, Tubby Smith of High Point University, John Calipari of the University of Kentucky, and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse University, and links their efforts directly to the American Cancer Society’s mission. Watch one here.

    The campaign aims to drive awareness and increase participation and revenue for Coaches vs. Cancer, which has raised more than $125 million to date. The television, digital, and social ads will run throughout the NCAA season on major networks including BTN, Fox Sports, and CBS Sports. In-game announcements, logo inclusion, and court-side signage will be prominent during games. The campaign also features 14 coaches in advertisements specific to the Big Ten conference. 

    This season ACS will also expand the spouses, youth, and Officials vs. Cancer program. We'll have more details on that later. Additional components of the 2019- 2020 Coaches vs. Cancer program include:

    • January 20-26, 2020 Suits & Sneakers Week – The most visible time for the Coaches vs. Cancer program where coaches from across the country wear sneakers with their suits during their games to raise both awareness and funds for ACS. This year, Suits and Sneakers games will support childhood cancer research, services, and awareness for ACS. Vineyard Vines will once again supply exclusive Coaches vs. Cancer ties, available online and in Vineyard Vines stores while supplies last. Thirty percent of the proceeds from the sale of each tie will benefit the Coaches vs. Cancer program. 

    • April 4-6, 2020 Final Four – The final four will be held April 4-6, 2020, in Atlanta. Plans are underway for a robust ACS presence, including exclusive events, fan experiences, fundraising and mission activities, and partnership opportunities with the Final Four Atlanta host committee. 

    • May 19-21, 2020 Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic – The tournament presented by Sanford Health is now in its 12th year, hosted by Lon Kruger, head coach of the University of Oklahoma. 

    • June 14-15, 2020 Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Invitational – The 2020 tournament will be hosted at Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI, by Notre Dame head men’s basketball coach, Mike Brey. It will honor participating coaches and raise corporate and private funds for our mission. 

    For more than 25 years, the Coaches vs. Cancer program, in collaboration with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, has united coaches and fans nationwide to help us defeat a common enemy – cancer. Through fundraising and education initiatives, the program encourages coaches, fans and the pubic to join our team and help us beat cancer together.

  • 2018 Annual Report now available on

    Please continue to use the Vital Statistics resource for the latest data available

    The American Cancer Society’s 2018 Annual Report is now available electronically on, and will be available soon on Brand Toolkit and for ordering via print on demand through the RR Donnelley catalog in ACS Marketplace. Stay tuned to our Society news channels to learn when!

    The Annual Report shows how we are attacking cancer from every angle, showcases the diverse communities we serve and partner with to achieve our mission, and details revenue and spending in 2018. The report also demonstrates our comprehensive and important program of work. The full 2018 Financial Statements are also available on 

    Through this report, we recognize the countless contributions of communities, our volunteers, and partners who help us lead the fight against cancer. As a reminder, this is only a snapshot of all the amazing work that our volunteers and staff are accomplishing throughout the organization. 

    It is an important communication tool to tell the ACS story and engage new audiences, as well as inform our longtime supporters. 

    Due to the timing of the 2018 Annual Report, please continue to use the American Cancer Society Vital Statistics resource to ensure you are using the latest data available.

  • Three cheers for the Top 10 Real Men!

    Fundraising continues through December; final RMWP fundraising total will be announced in 2020

    This season’s Real Men Wear Pink candidates proved to be second to none in their enthusiasm and tireless effort in the fight against breast cancer. 

    In 2019, more than 3,600 candidates from across the country participated in over 250 campaigns in their local communities. Each man committed to wear pink every day in October and engage their communities and networks as they raised awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer.  

    This was a special season, as our Real Men Wear Pink candidates raised the bar in their fundraising and in their spirited competition. Read on to learn about our Top 10 nationwide fundraisers, whose combined efforts raised more than $785,000! These men truly exemplify what it means to be a “Real Man,” so please join us in giving them our sincere thanks and congratulations.

    1. Jeffrey Sheehan, Real Men Wear Pink of Oakland County (Michigan) - $218,483.00: If Mr. Sheehan’s name looks familiar, it is because he secured his spot as the Top Real Man in the country for the second year in a row! Jeffrey set his sights high and more than doubled his fundraising total from 2018. Not only did he work tirelessly on his own campaign, but Jeffrey provided support to his fellow candidates across the country, including personally making a contribution to the #2 candidate’s campaign to help push him to meet his goal. Read more about Mr. Sheehan here.

    2. Grant Navarre, Real Men Wear Pink of Southwest Louisiana - $101,622.06: Mr. Navarre is another familiar face in the Top 10, snagging the #2 spot for the second year in a row—though 2019 was Grant’s fifth year competing as a Real Men Wear Pink candidate in Southwest Louisiana. His fundraising efforts have grown each year from $2,500, $10,000, $30,000, $75,000 and this year – $101,622! As a successful business owner, he has no problem setting goals and putting forth every effort to surpass them. He fundraises by holding pink events throughout the community, relies on the generous support of individual donors, and hosted a golf tournament that raised over $55,000. In addition to losing his father to cancer, he has had many friends and family members around him battle this terrible disease, and he has continued to be a true champion of making an impact to end cancer.

    3. Ali Sadeghi, Real Men Wear Pink of New Orleans - $76,841.67: Dr. Sadeghi, a plastic surgeon and reconstructive microsurgeon, is considered a leader in the field of reconstructive breast surgery. He was the #14 Real Man nationwide last year but went above and beyond his previous fundraising total in 2019 by planning events such as “Support the Sets” (a volleyball tournament), “Knock Out Cancer” (a boxing class), and the “Let’s Hear It For the Girls” Gala (an 80’s themed gala). His profession helped to personally motivate Ali to participate in this year’s campaign. “In my practice, I am honored to do a lot of surgeries and reconstructive surgery on breast cancer patients,” says Dr. Sadeghi. “These patients come in so much…they become like family. They are the most thankful patients, too, that I’ve ever had. I wanted to do this for them.” 

    4. Steve Barber, Real Men Wear Pink of Pittsburgh - $71,195.09: Mr. Barber was nominated for this year’s campaign by 2018 alumni John Kohler and Jason Staley. Breast cancer runs through Steve’s family, having already struck his mother, grandmother, aunts, cousins, and friends. Currently, his sister, Karen, is battling breast cancer. Steve held a number of fundraising events, but the secret to his success was simply wearing pink and sharing his story. From strangers in the office elevator to long time clients and friends, Steve shared his family’s story and the donations followed. Steve also made it a point to personally thank each and every person who donated with personal visits, hand written thank-you notes, a social media post, or a phone call. 

    5. Tom Flookes, Real Men Wear Pink of Seattle - $58,734.78: Last year, Mr. Flookes was our #7 Nationwide Real Man. This season was an even bigger year for Tom as he climbed to #5 nationwide and achieved the top spot in the state of Washington for the second year running! Tom is the co-chairman of American Cancer Society’s Washington/Alaska Board of Advisors, as well as an Associate Partner for IBM's Global Business Services Division. He really stood out in the halls of IBM when he dyed his beard bubblegum pink this year (last year, he dyed his hair pink!), and was often stopped and asked about the color—a great way to spread the word about his campaign! Tom is an avid wine collector and fundraised for his campaign in part by holding wine tasting fundraisers. 

    6. Sid Jones, Real Men Wear Pink of Atlanta - $58,688.86: Mr. Jones is the Senior VP of Investor Relations at Genuine Parts Company (GPC).  GPC actively supports many causes, and this was an opportunity for Sid to join the fight and give back after having family, friends, and colleagues who have fought cancer (and in some cases, continue to battle). Sid was motivated not only by his mother, who is a breast cancer survivor, but by the spirit of friendly competition inspired by last year’s GPC representatives in Atlanta’s RMWP campaign, Derek Goshay and Greg Miller.  “It’s rewarding to be part of a great cause that is truly making a difference,” says Sid.

    7. Kevin Herron, Real Men Wear Pink of Atlanta - $53,936.83: Mr. Herron, president of the US Automotive Parts Group at GPC, joined his partner Sid Jones as a representative of GPC participating in Real Men Wear Pink. “The personal stories heard through this experience were unbelievable, and motivated me to continue the fight,” says Kevin. “Seeing the outpouring of support from our NAPA auto parts stores, suppliers, race teams, and GPC company partners has been inspiring to not only me, but our co-employees who have faced this disease.”  Together, Sid and Kevin lead fundraising efforts involving GPC’s network of employees and partners, including a NAPA Truck Pull hosted at GPC’s company headquarters.

    8. Nicholas Schnelle, Real Men Wear Pink of Collin County (Texas) - $50,295.00: Mr. Schnelle, the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX market president at AutoNation, was personally impacted by cancer when his father was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Since his father’s diagnosis, Nick has continued to make every effort to support organizations which advance research to find a cure for the disease. Nick’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign was supported by an employee casino night, golf tournament, AutoNation employee t-shirt sales, and 16 area store fundraisers.   

    9. Randall Melton, Real Men Wear Pink of Memphis - $50,130.59: Randall Melton is a four-year Real Men Wear Pink ambassador. He joins the Memphis campaign in memory of his mother, who died of breast cancer in 1990 while he was in college. Randall has a wide range of donors, from friends and family across the U.S., to his fellow employees at Kroger, where he is the VP of merchandising for the Delta Division. His biggest strengths are that he has an unshakeable support system, he doesn't take no for an answer, and he isn't afraid to ask anyone for a donation. Randall utilized social media in his fundraising this season, taking fun photos and videos of himself all around town at popular locations in his bright pink suit jacket, complete with lime green polka dots. Randall said the jacket helped initiate conversations and many people shared with him their cancer journey or stories of their loved ones who have battled the disease.

    10. Luis Vaccarello, Real Men Wear Pink of Columbus - $45,857.38: Dr. Vaccarello was nominated to be a Real Man by his wife, Renee. Dr. Vaccarello, who has devoted his career to the care of women with gynecologic cancers (he is currently with the Zangmeister Cancer Center), is very passionate about the programs and services his surgical oncology patients receive from the American Cancer Society. His patients get to their appointments because of ACS, they get valuable and accurate information from and from the 24-hour cancer helpline. He appreciates that when his patients are in need, ACS can help in their care, survivorship, and support their caregivers, as well. Luis even helped bring the Zangmeister Cancer Center on board as a sponsor for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

  • Meet Brandi: Caregiver and Relay volunteer

    ​The first of a series of Relay For Life storytelling videos

    Today, the Relay For Life movement includes more than 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.

    During National Family Caregivers Month, it is important to honor all those walking alongside loved ones on their cancer journey. 

    The first of a series of Relay For Life storytelling videos features Brandi, caregiver to both her husband and father. Brandi’s father battled liver cancer and her husband is a colon cancer survivor. 

    Brandi is also a passionate Relay For Life team captain to honor her husband and father. Relay For Life gives Brandi a sense that everyone is going through this together. 

    “My father and my husband are the two best friends I’ve got. When they were diagnosed, the fear hit me. How could I lose both of my best friends at the same time?” said Brandi. “I wanted to give them their own personal Relay For Life.” 

    Watch Brandi’s story on YouTube or Brand Toolkit

    Encourage everyone you know to start or join a Relay team and start fundraising! If they raise $200 by Friday, November 15, they will receive a comfortable long-sleeve T-shirt.

  • ​Relay For Life fall fundraising challenge is on!

    Raise $200 by Nov. 15 and be rewarded with a long-sleeve T-shirt

    Here's how the challenge works: 

    • Participants are eligible to receive the super soft long-sleeve T-shirt if they raise $200 from the time their 2020 website launches until Friday, November 15.
    • This is open to offline and online donations made via your event website, your Relay For Life Facebook Fundraiser (through Relay Dashboard), or the ACS FUNdraising App. To be counted, all offline donations need to be credited by Friday, November 15, 2019, at 11:50 p.m. CST. 
    • Once a participant meets the challenge by raising $200 by 11/15, it could take up to 5 days to receive their redemption email.

    Here's how you can help: 

    • If you have not joined a Relay For Life team, join today!
    • Since word-of-mouth is our most powerful tool, discuss the challenge with fellow volunteers, friends, and family,  encouraging them to register and begin fundraising. 
    • Kick into high gear by using Facebook Fundraiser – through your Relay dashboard – and our FUNdraising App so you can more easily get and track donations.

    Special thanks to our challenge sponsor - Mercury Insurance.

  • Schnucks supermarket chain ending tobacco sales on Jan. 1, 2020

    I​t will not sell e-cigarettes or vaping products, either

    Schnuck Markets, Inc., a supermarket chain in the Midwest, announced today that beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the company will end the sale of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco and snuff. 

    Schnucks is one of the largest privately owned supermarket chains, with 115 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Over the past year, one of Schnucks' senior executives co-vice chaired the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer Chapter in St. Louis. The company is an active partner with ACS in additional ways, and are dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyle choices. 

    “Tobacco is poised to take 1 billion lives worldwide this century, so Schnucks’ decision to no longer sell tobacco is a victory for public health, corporate responsibility, and customers,” said Gary Reedy, our CEO. “Schnucks has historically been a great partner to the American Cancer Society and this action shows that they, like us, are truly committed to fighting cancer from every angle. There remains an urgent need for all of us to do more.”

    In addition, Schnucks will offer double rewards points on all over-the-counter smoking cessation products. The company will also continue its practice of not selling e-cigarettes or vaping products.  

    “Tobacco products are certainly a profitable part of our business, but our company’s mission is to nourish people’s lives,” said Schnucks Chairman & CEO Todd Schnuck (pictured here). “Tobacco products directly contradict our core mission, and that means that they simply don’t belong in our stores. We respect people’s right to make decisions that are best for them, and while we know this may not sit well with everyone, we believe it’s the right thing to do for the health of our communities, and our customers and that makes it the right decision for our company.”

    ACS staff are encouraged to thank Schnucks for helping to reduce tobacco use and encouraging smokers to quit by liking this news on social media. Schnucks can be found on Twitter (, Facebook (@Schnucks) and Instagram (@schnucksmarkets).

  • We need your help tweeting and retweeting #IDriveFor posts!

    Chevrolet’s #IDriveFor social media campaign is back, and each of us has an opportunity to “drive” fundraising for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer with a simple Twitter or Instagram post using the hashtag #IDriveFor. 

    Retweets count, too, so visit the American Cancer Society's Twitter account and start sharing #IDriveFor posts today!

    Here are some easy ways you can help:

    • Engage other volunteers by promoting the #IDriveFor campaign on Regional and event social media channels and through volunteer networks. 
    • Watch the ACS social channels in October and retweet and re-gram posts that include the hashtag #IDriveFor.

    The Society’s partnership with Chevrolet has helped raise more than $12 million dollars over the last several years, specifically for breast cancer research, prevention, and care. 

    If you are not on Twitter or Instagram, create an account now! Raising money for ACS has never been so easy!

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