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ACS CAN's new Junior Cancer Fighter Action Center teaches kids the power of advocacy

With the school year ending and many summer camps and activities being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is helping to fill the gap with the launch of a new online action center for kids.

Located on ACS CAN’s website, the Junior Cancer Fighter Action Center provides elementary and middle school-age children and their parents, grandparents, and loved ones with a series of fun and educational activities to help them learn about advocacy, fighting cancer, and ACS CAN. It features videos, advocacy opportunities, and fun activities that kids can complete on their own, as well as with the help of an adult. 

The action center is the brainchild of Becki Panoff, associate director, social media and digital content for ACS CAN and the mother of three young children. Becki’s two oldest children inspired the concept and helped to test the content for target age groups. 

“The Junior Cancer Fighter Action Center is a great way for kids to learn about advocacy, fighting cancer and ACS CAN during a time when we’re all at home, and parents are looking for activities for their kids,” she said. “The educational activities give kids an opportunity to learn and do activities with their parents, grandparents or adult in their life, or do them independently - giving mom and dad a little break.”

One feature of the action center includes the opportunity for kids to participate in a longstanding ACS CAN fundraiser, Lights of Hope. It highlights the beautiful artwork of ACS Media Relations Director Charaighn Sesock’s 14-year-old daughter, Stefania, pictured above. Stefania, who is an ACS CAN Youth Ambassador and is fundraising for Lights of Hope for the first time, is using social media to encourage family and friends to donate and support her efforts for ACS CAN.

The activity center is not meant to be a formal educational curriculum, nor is it intended to be promoted to schools or school systems. Rather, it’s a series of fun activities to provide ACS CAN volunteers with some great ways to interact with (and help occupy) the children in their lives while they’re at-home, while potentially fostering a new generation of advocates. 

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