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Seeking: African American/Black caregivers for paid focus groups

ACS is hosting online conversations this month and next to help us  better support cancer caregivers.

The American Cancer Society wants to better understand how we can support people who provide care for a loved one with cancer, and we are hosting a series of confidential, paid online focus group conversations to learn more. 

We’re looking to connect with African American or Black adults ages 18 and older who are currently providing care or have provided care in the past to someone with cancer. 

Through these conversations, we are looking to understand:

  • Participants’ experiences caring for someone with cancer
  • Their unmet needs as a caregiver
  • Opinions on how we can best meet caregiver needs

Here are the details:

  • Location: Zoom
  • Time commitment: 90 minutes or less
  • Reward: $50 payable by check
  • Confidential: No names will be used in our reporting and the information will not be shared with the person the participants cared for.

Here are the dates: 

  • August
    1. Monday, August 30: 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST
    2. Tuesday, August 31: 5:30 – 7 p.m. EST
  • September
    1. Thursday, September 2: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST
    2. Tuesday, September 7: 5:30 – 7 p.m. EST
    3. Tuesday, September 14: 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST
    4. Tuesday, September 21: 5:30 – 7 p.m. EST

Here’s how to participate: Email Asher Beckwitt, PhD, at

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Read this recruitment flyer and feel free to share it.

  • Long-time ACS staffer Jeanne Walsh dies

    She was recently presented with the 2021 St. George National Award.

    It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of a dear friend and member of our ACS family, Jeanne Walsh.  

    "Anyone who knew Jeanne knew her warmth, her humor, and her fierce sense of purpose. She led by example – inspiring leaders and helping everyone she touched. She was one of the strongest and most determined people we have ever known," said Anthony Marino, Northeast Region EVP.

    During her very successful 28-year career with ACS, Jeanne was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called chordoma. Throughout her rigorous course of treatment, she volunteered and encouraged others at our Boston Hope Lodge. Later, she was tragically diagnosed with ALS. Despite these insurmountable challenges, she continued to live her life fully. She stayed active with the ACS until recent days, texting insights and sharing her wisdom. 

    Here are a few of her accomplishments:

    • Developed the Cancer Prevention Study 3 research recruitment strategy when enrollment was down to successfully reach our national goal of 300,000 participants.
    • Formed the volunteer-led Asian Initiative, which started in Flushing NY, and grew to span New York and New Jersey, empowering communities with prevention, detection, and support. 
    • Successfully negotiated with Gilda’s Club to form the American Cancer Society’s Hope Club in Albany, NY – a volunteer-run, patient-centered support program. 
    • Led fundraising efforts to open the B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge in Rochester New York, which has served many thousands of cancer patients and caregivers. 
    • Developed strong partnerships with priority hospital systems to consistently exceed patient navigation and transportation goals in New York State.
    • Increased ACS CAN membership and participation throughout New York State. 
    • Consistently exceeded ACS corporate development and distinguished event goals and drove the success of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay For Life in New York State.  
    • Served as a role model for the Relationships, Sales, and Service trainings, coaching staff and volunteers to sell our lifesaving mission to many new partners.

    This summer, Jeanne was awarded the 2021 St. George National Award, our highest volunteer honor. And, at the New York Capital Region's 2020 Reimagined Gala of Hope, it was announced that its long-running Beacon of Hope Award was being renamed the Jeanne E. Walsh Award in her honor. She was the recipient of that award in 2018.

    She is survived by her husband, John, and her adult children, Jack and Jenna. 

    Sympathies may be addressed to her family at the following address:

    The Walsh Family
    508 Legion Drive
    Schenectady NY 12303

  • NEW Making Strides Rewards program is here!

    ​Earn one point for every online dollar raised.

    To show our appreciation for their fundraising efforts, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer participants can now participate in an incentive program called Making Strides Rewards.

    The Making Strides Rewards program is our way of thanking our participants for their creativity and passion in raising money through fundraisers, emails, social media, and direct asks. Because of our participants, we can continue fighting breast cancer through research discovery, patient support, and advocacy.

    The point system is driven by individual fundraising. Participants earn one point for every dollar raised that is credited to their personal fundraising page on their event website.

    Double reward points! Grab even more swag during the Making Strides Online Fundraising Challenge, taking place now. Through September 3, participants will earn double reward points for every online dollar raised. 

    To find an event near you, visit

    Once a participant has reached 250 points, the lowest point total needed to redeem for Making Strides Rewards, an email will be sent to the participant letting them know of their achievement, how to log on to, check their point balance, browse reward itemsor redeem their points in the Making Strides Rewards system. 

    For more information, please reference the Making Strides Rewards promotional flyer or visit  

  • Making Strides season is almost here; regional kickoffs start in early August and you're invited

    We have exciting news to share! Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks will be in person, and you are invited to join your local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer regional kickoff.

    During this program, attendees will learn a bit more about plans to rejoin forces in person this fall, be inspired by compelling personal stories, and hear from our CEO Dr. Karen Knudsen. You will also see a familiar face hosting the program, our own Desiree Berenguer Carton, director, Regional Integrated Marketing. 

    Are you ready to rally, reunite, and raise funds for breast cancer research and programming in 2021? Save the date for your local kickoff!

    • South Region: Wednesday, August 4 at 12 p.m. CT and 12 p.m. PT- Register here.
    • North Central Region: Wednesday, August 4 at 11:30 a.m. CT - Register here.
    • West Region: Thursday, August 5 at 7 p.m. PST - Register here.
    • North Region: Tuesday, August 10 at 9 a.m. CST - Register here.
    • Northeast Region: Thursday, August 12 at 8:30 a.m. ET - Register here.
    • Southeast Regions: Thursday, August 19 at 12:30 p.m. ET - No RSVP required. Tune in on your state’s Making Strides Facebook page.

    We hope the kickoff will inspire you to join us as a team leader! 

    There's no need to wait until the kickoff to form your team and begin fundraising.  Visit to join the movement now!

  • Nominations for top ACS CAN advocacy awards due by August 12

    Want to help recognize a volunteer, staff member, or lawmaker who has made a tremendous impact in making cancer a national policy priority? Then nominate them for one of the 2021 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) top advocacy awards.

    ACS CAN is seeking nominations for its highest national advocacy honor, the National Distinguished Advocacy Award (NDAA). Nominees may be national or international leaders or advocates, including lawmakers and public officials, who demonstrate outstanding support of the ACS CAN mission in addition to creating change involving cancer policy on a national or international scale.

    ACS CAN is also looking for nominations for a variety of volunteer and staff awards. The volunteer awards are presented to those who most successfully advance the ACS CAN mission and volunteer structure in their own community. Staff awards are presented to staff members who have excelled in activities to advance and promote advocacy as well as ACS CAN both inside and outside the enterprise organization. 

    Below is a list of the volunteer and staff awards for which ACS CAN is seeking nominations. Additional details, including award criteria and nomination forms, can be found at 


    • State Lead Ambassador (SLA) of the Year 
    • Ambassador Constituent Team (ACT) Lead of the Year 
    • State Advocacy Team of the Year
    • Emerging Leader Award
    • Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy (VAEA)


    • Field Government Relations Professional of the Year 
    • Field Grassroots Professional of the Year 
    • National/Regional Professional of the Year 
    • State Advocacy Team of the Year
    • American Cancer Society Partner of the Year 
    • Alan Mills Award

    The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, August 12, 2021. The awards will be presented during ACS CAN’s Leadership Summit and Lobby Day, which will be held virtually September 26-29

    If you have any questions, please contact Katie Riley, Associate Director, Advocacy Training and Operations, at

  • An appreciation of the Segal family; generosity runs in the family

    ​For more than two decades, Mickey and Lee Segal (pictured above) have selflessly advocated for our mission, and following in their footsteps are their son, Matt, and his wife, Aliana.

    Through their fundraising efforts and personal support, the elder Segals have raised more than $2.5 million, and their goal is to reach $3 million this year.

    Mickey Segal is a founding partner and managing partner of NKSFB, LLC, one of the largest business management firms in the country, with offices throughout Los Angeles and New York. Mickey and his wife, Lee, lead countless fundraising campaigns, with beneficiaries ranging from the Rose Bowl to American Cancer Society. This legacy of giving first started with their work supporting Little League Baseball in the 1980’s.

    “I grew up in a household that gave to the community,” says Mickey of his formative years. “The dinner conversations of giving back to the community resounded with me.” Mickey’s son, Matt, also a partner at NKSFB, and daughter-in-law Aliana are now continuing the family heritage of philanthropy as Mickey passes the torch for his most recent ACS fundraising project, the Magic of Hope campaign, to the young couple (pictured in the smaller image).

    “The American Cancer Society’s patient services helps people today, and the cancer research will help people tomorrow,” said Aliana. “My best friend had cancer, and now she is doing well. We wish that outcome for all cancer patients, and it is why Matt and I are proud to lead the Magic of Hope campaign.”

    Under the tireless leadership of Mickey and Matt Segal, the inaugural Magic of Hope raised more than $500,000 last year during the height of the pandemic, a critical time for ACS. In 2021, Matt and Aliana took the reigns as co-chairs, and set a goal of $525,000. An admirable undertaking for a young couple still in their 30s.

    The Segal’s are no strangers to cancer. Mickey’s daughter fought bone cancer as a teenager and completed her treatment with a successful outcome. Unfortunately, he lost his father-in-law to pancreatic cancer, and dozens of colleagues at NKSFB have battled the disease.

    Their family’s fundraising efforts to fight cancer extends to business colleagues, as well. NKSFB selected the American Cancer Society as the 2021 Charity of Choice for an annual Employee Giving campaign. 

    We thank both couples for their commitment to our mission, precious time, and generosity.

  • Rob Kugler, 48-year volunteer with ACS, dies

    ​He was instrumental in helping establish our Hope Lodge in Manhattan.

    It is with sadness we share with you that Robert R. Kugler, Esq., a former member of the American Cancer Society, Inc. and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Boards of Directors passed away on July 7.

    Rob was a 48-year volunteer and Honorary Life Member of the American Cancer Society, serving in countless leadership roles at the local, regional, and national levels. He may be best known for his fierce passion for advocacy, including the formation and leadership of ACS CAN. As a strategic thought leader, he and his contemporaries helped set in place tobacco control, access to care, and quality of life strategies that have contributed to the steady decline in cancer mortality.

    A true visionary, Rob helped eliminate smoking from public spaces in the nation’s largest city in 2002, while shortly after he and fellow leadership volunteers imagined the Hope Lodge of New York City. He generously donated countless hours of professional legal and real estate expertise and resources to make the Hope Lodge and other transactions a reality in 2007.

    Rob’s leadership roles include but are not limited to President, New Jersey Board of Trustees from 1986-1987; President, Eastern Division from 2002-2004; Treasurer, ACS CAN Board of Directors in 2006; Secretary, ACS CAN Board of Directors in 2010; Secretary, ACS Inc. Board of Directors from 2011-2013; and Chair, ACS CAN Board of Directors in 2011. He received the St. George Medal of Honor in 1988, the ACS CAN Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy in 2014, and the National Volunteer Leadership Award in 2015. He became an Honorary Life Member of the Society in June 2021. 

    A resolution honoring Rob and his work will be presented to the American Cancer Society Board of Directors at its August meeting.

    A memorial service celebrating Rob’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 10, at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church in Haddonfield, NJ. Additional information about Rob and his legacy may be found at

    Rob will be missed dearly, but his legacy and the significant impact he had on our mission remain.

    TOP PHOTOS: From left, Gary Reedy, Rob, Vincent DeVita, MD, John Seffrin, Scarlott Mueller, RN, MPH, and Rob. 

  • DetermiNation Orbits the Moon hopes to raise $35,000

    Participants will log miles from July 20 – August 1.

    Join fellow participants to help the American Cancer Society DetermiNation team orbit the moon. Together, we’ll conquer 6,783 meaningful miles, all while taking one giant leap toward conquering cancer.

    From Tuesday, July 20, through Sunday, August 1, DetermiNation Orbits the Moon is hoping to not only log 6,783 miles, but also raise $35,000. Participants are encouraged to run, walk, or hike during this out-of-this-world virtual challenge. 

    If you or someone you know is interested in registering, visit DetermiNation Orbits the Moon. All registration fees benefit the American Cancer Society. 

    • Basic Registration: $25
    • Deluxe Registration: $45 (includes event shirt) 
    • Youth Registration: $25 (14 & under/ includes event shirt) 
    • Add on pets: $5 

    This challenge does not have a required fundraising minimum, but participants should consider using this event as a tool to continue their current fundraising. Individuals can fundraise for this event through their ACS Blackbaud/fundraising pages. 

    Participants should start tracking miles on Tuesday, July 20. Simply use the DetermiNation Orbits the Moon website to track miles and receive event updates.

  • Hope is back in NYC!

    Hope Lodge NYC is set to welcome back guests in the coming weeks at 30% capacity.

    An intimate gathering of supporters gathered at our Hope Lodge facility in Manhattan on June 30 to celebrate its imminent re-opening.

    The Lodge, which has served 25,530 cancer patients and their caregivers from 50 states and 52 countries since opening in 2007, will be opening its doors to guests in the coming weeks at 30% capacity. 

    After being shuttered for 15 months because of the pandemic, supporters celebrated the reopening with a ribbon-cutting and light breakfast. 

    The event was made possible by the Greater New York City Board and several sponsors, Eisai, Acquis Consulting, Northwell Health, Quest Diagnostics, and TD Bank.

    One hundred and twenty thousand dollars in sponsorships were raised for room renovations and improvements, COVID-related reopening costs, and operating expenses.

    The Jerome L. Greene Family Center on 132 West 32nd St., one in a network of 30 Hope Lodges nationwide, has 60 rooms and has saved guests an estimated $69 million in lodging costs.

    Check out one example of the TV coverage: ABC7 New York.

    TOP PHOTO: Pictured, from left to right: Kris Kim, ACS COO; Chloe Lipman, VP, Development, in NYC; David Kaufman, Greater NYC Area Board Chair - Acquis Consulting Group; Andrew Bregenzer, Greater NYC Area Board Member - TD Bank; Lynn Jacobson, Hope Lodge volunteer; Lorraine Katt, senior manager Hope Lodge NYC; Teresa Cronin, Eisai; Sandy Diamond, Hope Lodge volunteer; and Valerie Burger, Northwell Health. 

    SMALLER PHOTO: David Kaufman, Greater NYC Area Board Chair.

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