For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been dedicated to fighting every cancer in every community. They are the largest community-based, voluntary health organization in the world, with nearly 2.5 million volunteers in more than 6,000 communities around the globe supporting their cause of saving more lives from cancer.
To fulfill their mission of eliminating cancer as a major health problem and diminishing suffering from all cancers, the American Cancer Society’s work covers the entire spectrum of the cancer fight. From research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery, the Society is here to help everyone impacted by cancer. They also rally communities to join the fight by participating in community-based fundraising events like Relay For Life® and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®.
While the American Cancer Society has contributed to tremendous progress—a 26 percent decline in cancer mortality rates since the early 1990s, saving more than 1.5 million lives from the disease—progress is never guaranteed. More than 29,000 Minnesotans will be diagnosed with cancer this year and thousands more are cancer survivors. That’s why the American Cancer Society is here, every day, working to create a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer.
Tireless volunteers and generous donors make it possible for the American Cancer Society to help patients get answers to challenging medical and insurance questions, provide access to care through transportation and lodging programs, connect patients to clinical trials, and be the top private funder of cancer research.
Last year in Minnesota, American Cancer Society volunteers:
- Provided nearly 1,600 rides to and from treatment through the Road To Recovery program.
- Helped more than 700 people manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment through the Look Good Feel Better program.
- Provided more than 50,000 nights of free or reduced cost lodging.
- Invested more than $7.5 million in cancer research grants.
There’s hardly a person or family that hasn’t benefited from the American Cancer Society’s efforts. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, the corporate community, and many others, the Society will continue working to achieve its goal: freeing the world from the pain and suffering of cancer.
It only takes a little time to do a lot of good. To learn more about how you can volunteer to make a difference in the fight against cancer…