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Applications for the Gen2End leadership team due this Friday!

Applications are due by August 23

The American Cancer Society seeks to be the premiere cancer nonprofit where young professionals want to volunteer and work. 

To facilitate this need, we are seeking volunteers to serve on the Gen2End leadership team. The Gen2End leadership team will be responsible for driving young professional volunteer engagement with the ACS. They will work to implement a 5-year Gen2End strategic plan that will engage this group (ages 22-35) into every aspect of our fight to end cancer. 

An ideal candidate for the leadership team will have at least one year of ACS experience, preferably in a leadership role. Team members will need to commit to an 18- to 24-month term. The team will primarily meet by virtual calls and the work requirement is expected to be 4-6 hours per week

Each team member will have responsibility for unique aspects of the Gen2End Strategic Plan and will be expected to:

  • Understand with proficiency and speak to the overall Gen2End strategic plan with both external and internal audiences, including executive level staff and members of the Board of Directors
  • Create a positive and productive partnership with your identified ACS staff person
  • Collaborate across team roles and with additional Society stakeholders to achieve over-arching goals
  • Learn and apply volunteerism trends and engagement best practices for young professionals
  • Work with skills-based volunteers to deliver on our goals

Interested applicants need to apply by August 23. The Gen2End chairs and staff partners will be conducting interviews in September and will notify all applicants of their selection by the end of that month. 

Selected applicants will be joining a team of:

  • Self-starters, balancing strategic thinking with an ability to define and deliver the tactical steps needed to operationalize our vision
  • Empowered leaders who seek to inspire more leaders rather than control the process
  • Collaborative partners who respectfully challenge ideas with thoughtful feedback meant to improve our results
  • Fast-paced action takers who honor our commitments to each other, to our staff partners, and to the mission of the American Cancer Society
  • Innovative risk takers who are comfortable driving forward while the road is still being paved 

If you have questions, need further information, or would like the full position summary sent to you, please email ACSVolunteerCare@cancer.org.


  • Unleash your inner activist . . .

    And save more lives!

    There’s so much to fighting cancer. It’s why we have “Attacking from every angle” as our tagline. We fight through events, in courtrooms, in hospitals, in communities, in labs, in corporate offices, and we fight cancer in the homes and hearts of those we help. Where has all this fighting gotten us? Further. 

    Together, we’ve saved millions of lives. Prevented multitudes of cancers. Passed laws, crossed boundaries, gotten patients to treatment, given them a place to stay, provided access to care where there was none. And brought hope.

    Cancer is a formidable opponent and there is still so much to do. We need help every year, every month, and every day. The best way to garner support for our cause is to ask for it. The more people know about what we do, the more they will want to support us, through volunteering and donating. 

    Here’s where you come in:

    We have about 1.5 million volunteers and more than 4,000 employees. And you’re one of them. If each of us told 5 friends about the work ACS does, it would create significant impact. If we use our social channels, the multiplier is staggering. 

    It might not seem appropriate to launch into a conversation about your work and the importance of fighting cancer when you’re hanging with friends, with other parents at school or at gatherings. But remember this, 1 in 3 of them will be affected by cancer, so what you have to say will be relevant. 

    When you find the right time to tell the ACS story, know that you’re a credible storyteller because you live it. Visit The ACS Story page on My Society Source and the library of ways to help you tell your story, including social posts, conversation guides, and information about our angles of attack on various cancers and patient services. 

    It couldn’t be easier! Grab one of the pre-made social posts and share it using the #AttackingCancer and #ACSemployee hashtags on your personal social media pages. ACS2Go, our employee app, also makes sharing posts easy. If you see a social media post on the app you like, share it with one click. 

    The next time someone asks you what you do for a living, tell them how you’re helping lead the fight for a world without cancer. It matters. Every time we tell our story, we’re attacking cancer. Speak up. Save lives. 


  • Relay For Life Top Performers meet in Atlanta

    ​The theme was "Relay Like a Boss"

    On August 2-4, about 150 volunteers and staff representing top community teams and campus Relay For Life events, as well as members of the Relay For Life Nationwide Volunteer Team, National Campus Leadership Team, and Global Leadership Team, gathered in Atlanta for our Nationwide Top Performers meeting. 

    The goal was to recognize our top performers and have them come away feeling energized and armed with great ideas, inspiration, and motivation. The meeting also gave attendees a chance to meet some ACS-funded researchers, and hear Alpa Patel, PhD, senior scientific director, Epidemiology Research, deliver a talk titled "Relay For Life: Walking the Walk." Attendees also heard from CEO Gary ReedySharon Byers, chief development, marketing, and communications officer; Mike Neal, senior executive vice president, Field Operations; and Dan Heist, chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors.  

    Key volunteers who have had a hand in shaping the Relay For Life movement over the years, including three members of the Relay For Life Hall of Fame - Phylecia Wilson of Georgia, Laura McCormick of Connecticut, and Jeff Ross of North Carolina – were on hand to share their knowledge.

    So, you might ask, who are the top performers? Below are the top performing community teams and college events.

    Top Community Nationwide Team of Excellence Teams in 2018 present at the meeting. 

    • Relay For Life of Morgan Decatur (Alabama): Nucor Steel Decatur, $447,000
    • Relay For Life of St. James Parish (Louisiana): Nucor Louisiana, $217,760 
    • Relay For Life of Pontotoc County (Mississippi): Southern Motion, $250,000
    • Relay For Life of Bertie County (North Carolina): Perdue Farms Admin, $149,099
    • Relay For Life of Hertford-Gates Counties (North Carolina): Nucor Steel Hertford County, $135,002 
    • Relay For Life of Charlotte County (Virginia): Truckers Parade Against Cancer (TPAC), $112,755 
    • Relay For Life of Thurston County (Washington): Connolly’s Crew, $110,251 
    • Relay For Life of Gwinnett County (Georgia): Sage Foundation, $109,172 
    • Relay For Life of Northern Will County (Illinois): Daisy’s Darlins, $100,450
    • Relay For Life of Marion County (Missouri): The Flower Children, $100,180
    • Relay For Life of Florida Keys (Florida): Castaways Against Cancer, $98,780
    • Relay For Life of Memphis (Tennessee): Nucor Memphis / Nucor Logistics Center, $94,903 
    • Relay For Life of York (Pennsylvania): The Naturals, $84,028
    • Relay For Life of Douglas County (Minnesota): Alexandria Industries, $80,451
    • Relay For Life of Eugene-Springfield (Oregon): Dari-Mart Store, Inc., $75,001
    • Relay For Life of Porterville (California): Nut’s For A Cure, $70,818 
    • Relay For Life of Wausau (Wisconsin): Connexus Credit Union, $65,903 
    • Relay For Life of Lancaster County (Pennsylvania): Captain Morgan’s Cancer Crusaders, $60,755 
    • Relay For Life of Bakersfield (California): Aera Energy, $59,344 
    • Relay For Life of Erie-Millcreek (Pennsylvania): Erie Insurance, $58,919
    • Relay For Life of North Mississippi County (Arkansas): Nucor Dream Team, $57,349

    2019 College Relay For Life Top Performer Events present at the meeting. 

    • Relay For Life of Northeastern University 
    • Relay For Life of Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
    • Relay For Life of University of South Carolina
    • Relay For Life of James Madison University 
    • Relay For Life of Saint Louis University 
    • Relay For Life of Washington University in Saint Louis 
    • Relay For Life of University of Michigan 
    • Relay For Life of St. Johns University 
    • Relay For Life of SUNY Geneseo
    • Relay For Life of University of Oklahoma 
    • Relay For Life of Florida State University 
    • Relay For Life of University of Georgia 
    • Relay For Life of Virginia Tech 
    • Relay For Life of San Juan Estudiantil Metro 
    • Relay For Life of UCLA 
    • Relay For Life of Merrimack College 
    • Relay For Life of Loyola University 
    • Relay For Life of Rochester Institute of Technology 
    • Relay For Life of Florida International University 
    • Relay For Life of Elon University 
    • Relay For Life of Longwood University 

    The 2019 Relay season isn’t over for many teams. There are about 538 Relay For Life events left to go in 2019, from August 1 – Dec 31. 

    About 75% of our Relay events have taken place, raising approximately 80% of our $154 million goal. 


  • Meet our three new ACS Board members

    New officers selected for 2020

    At its August meeting, the American Cancer Society Board of Directors elected officers and directors for the 2020 Board. 

    We welcome three new directors who will join the Board on January 1:

    Katie Eccles - Ms. Eccles is an attorney and "of counsel" at Ray, Quinney & Nebeker. In 2015, she received the Society's 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. Ms. Eccles currently serves as a director of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Utah.

    Patrick Geraghty - Mr. Geraghty is president and chief executive officer of GuideWell, which comprises 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 and the St. George National Award in 2017.

    Oyebode (Bode) Taiwo, MD, MPH - Dr. Taiwo is the corporate medical director of 3M in Minnesota, where he is responsible for the development of 3M's global health strategy, as well as the leadership and management of the medical organization.

    The following Board members were elected to serve as officers for 2020:

    • 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

    Finally, we want to recognize for their service and thank Edward Benz, Jr., MD, FACP; Kevin J. Cullen, MD; and Gregory L. Pemberton, Esq., whose terms on the Board end December 31, 2019.

    For more details on the 16 Directors and five officers, as well as their terms, read the 2020 Board directory.  

    A press release will be available later this year to publicly announce our 2020 Board of Directors. 


  • Meet our 2019 St. George National Award winners!

    ​The American Cancer Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 St. George National Award

    This prestigious award recognizes outstanding volunteers who have demonstrated ongoing leadership in community, mission delivery, and/or governance and have significantly contributed to furthering the Society’s strategic goals and mission-driven programs. These award winners have consistently represented the Society in a manner that advances our mission and expands our community presence and have exhibited a continuing commitment to the Society through a willingness to serve. 

    Since conceived in 1949 by Charles S. Cameron, MD, former Society medical and scientific director, the St. George National Award has been presented annually to ACS volunteers across the country.   

    This year, the St. George National Award was presented to several exceptional volunteers nationwide. These individuals were nominated by their Regions and approved by the St. George National Award Workgroup. Learn more about each of these award winners through these short bios

    The 2019 St. George National Award winners are:  

    North Region 

    • Warner Baxter – Saint Louis, Missouri 
    • Deb Krause – Mound, Minnesota 

    Northeast Region 

    • Mark A. Goldberg, MD – Needham, Massachusetts 
    • Joseph Gillette – Brooklyn, New York 

    North Central Region

    • Ray G. Young – Chicago, Illinois 
    • Rich Crepage, ED.D – Concord Township, Ohio 

    South Region

    • Susan H. Waldrop, CFRE – Birmingham, Alabama 
    • Krista Lee – Elgin, Texas

    Southeast Region

    • Susan T. Vadaparampil, PhD, MPH – Tampa, Florida 
    • Phyllis Baum – Leesburg, Florida 

    West Region 

    • P. Kay Coleman – Encinitas, California 
    • Jose Ramos – San Ramon, California 

    For any questions, please contact Caira Turner, senior volunteer recognition manager, at caira.turner@cancer.org.  


  • Seven volunteer staff teams honored

    Partnerships between volunteers and staff members set the American Cancer Society apart from other organizations. These partnerships are built on relationships, where each partner has a different but equally important role. Both are critical to success at every level.

    The Selection Workgroup is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Volunteer Staff Partnership Award. These partnerships demonstrate volunteers and staff successfully impacting our mission by increasing community engagement, growing revenue, impacting mission outcomes, enhancing stewardship, and/or creating new opportunities.

    Let’s meet our outstanding award winners and congratulate them on a job well done! 

    • Carolyn Rhee, chair, Los Angeles Central Coastal Area Board, and Dan Witzling, executive director, Culver City, CA – West Region: For the past five years, Carolyn and Dan have worked together to create strong and diversified volunteer leadership. With Dan’s help, Carolyn, LA Central Coastal Area Board chair, has successfully opened doors and engaged with new companies, organizations, and volunteers. Dan and Carolyn together lead one of the most innovative Boards in the West Region. The level of mutual respect built between Carolyn and Dan contributes to overall success of this team.
    • Mike Shult, retired banker, director of athletic operations, Edgewood College, and Amy Rohrer, senior director, Distinguished Events, Madison, WI – North Region: Mike and Amy have built their relationship on trust over the last six years through the Coaches vs. Cancer program. Amy worked with Mike to add a Shoot Down Cancer event at Edgewood College to increase their involvement with ACS. Mike gives of his time, talent, and finances because he believes in our mission and wants to inspire others to do the same. Because of their partnership, Mike continues to be involved in Coaches vs. Cancer, as well as advocacy, the Laureate Society, Coaches vs. Cancer galas, and motivating others to be involved in our mission.
    • Marty Futscher, Relay For Life of St. James Parish participant, and Anne Bates, senior community development manager, New Orleans, LA – South Region: Marty and Anne have worked closely together over the last two years to successfully strengthen the relationship between ACS and all Nucor Steel employees. As a team, they have recruited additional Nucor employees to participate in fundraising initiatives and Nucor vendors to support the annual golf tournament. Anne also encouraged Marty to join the 2019 class of Voices of Hope to give him a platform to speak about his personal cancer journey. Together, Anne and Marty have supported a Relay team raising more than $400,000, helped find lodging in Memphis and Houston for a family in need, and created a relationship built on trust and communication.
    • Terry Hurst, Road To Recovery driver, and Rachael Cook, program manager, Mission Delivery, Southfield, MI – North Central Region: Terry has been a Road To Recovery driver for the past five years, working alongside Rachael as his staff partner. Their partnership has had a positive impact on driver recruitment by strengthening local driver relationships and allowing us to provide more free rides to patients. Rachael recognizes Terry as a valuable volunteer, invests in his development, and finds him opportunities to fit his interests. Throughout their partnership, Terry and Rachael have found ways to impact the mission through driver recruitment, advocacy, and fundraising to support our mission. 
    • Brad Fletcher, team captain and Relay For Life of Front Royal-Warren County Bingo manager, and Aimee Nuwer, senior community development manager, Winchester, VA – Northeast Region: In the last three years, Brad and Aimee developed a close rapport, shared new ideas, and challenged one another for the benefit of our mission. This team actively recruits a strong volunteer committee for a weekly Bingo event in Front Royal, supporting the Relay For Life of Front Royal-Warren County. This is a popular weekly event that the community enjoys. Brad and Aimee have developed a relationship that allows both to thrive in their roles and identify strategies for success. 
    • Pridgen, CEO, Haley Automotive Group, and Danette Hodges, senior development manager, Distinguished Events, Glen Allen, VA – Southeast Region: Doug and Danette have worked tirelessly to create a partnership built on mutual trust and respect while collaborating the past two years. With Danette’s help, Doug lead the Richmond Cattle Baron’s Ball as Presenting Sponsor and chair to a net revenue increase of $350,000 from 2016 to 2018. Their efforts to increase community engagement by creating diversity among the Board of Advisors made this event what it is today. Their teamwork not only attracted new volunteers, but also cultivated new donors to help further our mission. Their partnership reflects the true friendship they have built with each other.
    • Sandi Cassese, vice chair, ACS CAN Board of Directors, and Lights of Hope Leadership Team – Global Headquarters: Sandi and the Lights of Hope Leadership Team worked closely together in planning all aspects of fundraising for the Lights of Hope event. Sandi alongside her staff partners recruited hundreds of volunteers to execute the day-of-event needs. This team held webinars for volunteers, offered themselves for coaching calls, emailed volunteers to recognize their achievements, and provided support to hundreds of volunteers who are a part of Lights of Hope. Sandi’s openness to work with a team of partners and her support of them was just as critical as the staff support for Sandi.

    Resources

    The Volunteer Staff Partnership Award recognizes a volunteer and staff team that models a successful partnership to positively impact our mission. The presentation of these awards will take place within each Region, allowing the winners to celebrate with their local ACS family.

    If you have any questions about the Volunteer Staff Partnership Award, please visit the Volunteer Recognition page on My Society Source or contact Caira Turner, senior volunteer recognition manager.

  • Atlanta joins the list of cities that recognize everyone’s right to breathe clean air

    A long-awaited and hard-fought victory for ACS CAN volunteers and staff

    Today, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms signed into law the smoke-free ordinance passed by the Atlanta City Council last week. The law will take effect on Jan. 2, 2020, making restaurants, bars and Hartsfield-Jackson Airport smoke-free. 

    ACS CAN will continue to work with the Mayor’s office and the City of Atlanta to effectively implement the law and ensure everyone’s right to breathe clean air is protected.

    Read below for a recap of this successful campaign led by ACS CAN and the Smoke-free ATL coalition.

    On July 1, the Atlanta City Council passed a smoke-free ordinance that will make workplaces, including restaurants, bars and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport smoke-free. This successful campaign was spearheaded by ACS CAN as leaders of the Smoke-free ATL coalition. Staff and volunteers, both in Georgia and nationally, were joined by senior leadership, including ACS CAN and ACS CEO Gary Reedy and ACS Acting Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Len Lichtenfeld, MD, in garnering support for this important measure that will benefit the health of those who work and live in Atlanta.

    The smoke-free ordinance was introduced earlier this year in Atlanta City Council in the effort to implement a strong local smoke-free law that protects workers, patrons, and visitors in Atlanta from the harms of secondhand smoke exposure. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke, which causes nearly 42,000 deaths each year in the U.S. 

    According to U.S. Surgeon’s General, comprehensive smoke-free policies are the only effective method of fully protecting the public from dangerous secondhand smoke, and ACS CAN has been instrumental in advocating for comprehensive smoke-free policies in states and ordinances around the country. Now, Atlanta will join the list of cities that prioritize and recognize everyone’s right to breathe clean air.

    This accomplishment comes after years of dedication and strategic work by ACS CAN advocates and volunteers who sent petitions to council members, attended committee hearings, and spread awareness of this important opportunity to improve the public health of this major city. 

    The Smoke-free Atlanta campaign also received extensive support from public health leaders. Gary, as CEO of ACS CAN, vocalized his strong opinion that Atlanta – home to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ACS’ Global Headquarters – should finally adopt a smoke-free ordinance. Last month he joined Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States, on WABE to discuss why Atlanta needed to adopt this important smoke-free measure. Dr. Len testified multiple times to educate the City Council on the dangers of secondhand smoke and the serious health risks associated with secondhand smoke exposure. Just a few weeks ago, three top former U.S. public health leaders wrote an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution calling on the City Council to pass the smoke-free ordinance.

    This is a long-awaited and hard-fought accomplishment in ACS CAN’s ongoing work to reduce the burden of cancer through advocacy and public policy change, and one that was successful due to the skill and determination of the ACS CAN Georgia team, volunteers, and other partners. 


  • $1 million raised through Raise Your Way fundraisers

    Raise Your Way lets anyone turn an activity they are passionate about into a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. 

    This year, the Raise Your Way initiative has already raised $1 million towards our mission. There is still time to spread the word by inviting your friends, coworkers, and family to start a fundraiser to help us meet our goal of $3 million for all CrowdRise fundraisers by the end of the year.

    These supporters found creative ways to help us save lives from cancer. Here's how:

    • The AEPI Rock-A-Thon at Mizzou celebrated its 50th anniversary by spreading awareness about pancreatic cancer. This fraternity rocked its way to $110,000, exceeding their goal of $100,000. More than $35,000 of the total was raised through their CrowdRise site. Learn more about who these students rocked for in this promo video.
    • ACS fundraiser Amie Greer originally wanted to raise $1,000 in her fundraiser Home to Nome: 1000 to fight cancer. She surpassed this goal by raising a total of $2,125. Amie, her husband Matt, and a friend Noah rode snow machines from their front door in Fairbanks, Alaska to Nome, Alaska. This 1,000-mile, six-day trek crossed rivers, mountains, and ran along the west coast of Alaska.   
    • ACS fundraiser and lacrosse player Andrew Xiques raised more than $5,000 through Face-Off Against Cancer. On the senior night of his final lacrosse season at Toms River High School South, he cut his hair that he had been growing since 6th grade to raise money for the American Cancer Society. He was inspired to do something for others after watching the documentary "Man in the Red Bandanna" in memory of Welles Crowther, a hero of 9/11.  

    Get your own fundraiser started or tell a friend to by visiting crowdrise.com/americancancersociety and click "Start a Fundraiser."

    After registering, a fundraiser can be personalized with stories, photos, and videos. If a campaign needs to be tied to a Society Key, please fill out this intake form before the fundraiser accepts donations, as donations cannot be attributed retroactively. 

    For more information, review the CrowdRise – Raise Your Way Quick Reference Guide on Society Source.

    Don't forget! The following premium features are available to anyone raising funds for the American Cancer Society: 

    • Advanced registration/ticketing: CrowdRise registration/ticketing system, including unlimited ticket types and form questions, waiver authorization, coupon codes, inventory, and in-line donations.
    • Advanced campaign configurability: Campaign design features including configurable page layout, section titles and content, administrative account codes, and team templates.
    • Configurable forms: Customize the questions and pre-set content on your donation and fundraiser setup forms.
    • Custom emails: Update automated emails with unique content and branding.
    • Fundraising minimums: Require fundraisers to agree to raise a certain amount by a specific deadline or be automatically charged the difference. 

    If you or someone you know gets a message that says a feature you need to customize your CrowdRise campaign is blocked, simply email acs@crowdrise.com with the link to your fundraiser to have the premium features enabled!

    If you have any questions, more RYW resources are available by visiting the Raise Your Way folder in the Marketing and Communication drop down navigation on Brand Toolkit. They include general RYW resources, as well as our featured fundraiser assets.




  • Do you know about the new Relay For Life group on Facebook?

    The new Relay For Life Community group on Facebook is a volunteer-led group where Relayers can come to find inspiration, share ideas and tips for successful fundraising events, ask each other questions, and seek advice. This is a great resource for veteran Relay volunteers and new Relay volunteers, alike. 

    This is a closed group, but anyone can request to join. Once you've joined, there’s an "Invite Members" box on the right side of the main page where you can invite your teammates and volunteers to join, too!

    The group's guidelines are listed on the site, but here are a few reminders: 

    1. The purpose of this group is to support and uplift Relayers everywhere.
    2. What we encourage: Sharing fundraising ideas, shining a spotlight on volunteers and participants who deserve recognition, and offering tips to others who might need help recruiting or planning.
    3. Use this group as a resource to make your Relay For Life event the best it can be. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
    4. What’s not allowed: “Spamming” or posting your personal fundraising page.
    5. All posts must be related to Relay For Life! No exceptions.
    6. Be respectful of others. This is a safe zone and we do not tolerate profanity, bullying, or any form of hate.
    7. For the community, by the community. Therefore, we are not medical professionals or technical experts. Please refer all medical or technical questions to the American Cancer Society helpline – 1-800-227-2345.
    8. The group admins reserve the right to hide any content that does not abide by these rules.

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