American Cancer Society

 

American Cancer Society and PharPoint

 

Each month, PharPoint hand-selects a charity to support through fund-raising and awareness building to aid in research and/or resource development. Known as our Working Together for Change campaign, this company-wide initiative is dedicated to aiding those in need and serving the community to the best of our ability. PharPoint has decided to feature the American Cancer Society for July’s Working Together for Change campaign.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Originally founded in 1913, the ACS is one of the oldest and largest volunteer health organizations. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical divisions and ensure we have a presence in every community.ACS and PharPoint

The ACS relies on the strength of approximately 2.5 million dedicated volunteers throughout the United States and has a presence in most communities. They raise funds to support crucial research, provide cancer patients rides to and from treatments, and give one-on-one support to those facing a cancer diagnosis.

The ACS saves lives by helping people stay well and get well by finding cures, and fighting back.

  • Stay Well

    Helping people take steps to prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage

    1. Develop guidelines for recommended screening tests, so people know what tests they need to help prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage.
    2. Develop nutrition and physical activity guidelines to help people eat healthy and get active.
    3. On cancer.org, individuals can create a personalized health action plan to use to talk with their doctor about what cancer screening tests and healthy lifestyle choices are right for them.
  • Get Well

    The ACS is available around the clock to help people through every step of their cancer experience

    1. Whether people have questions about cancer, need practical solutions to daily problems, like finding a ride to treatment, or want to talk to someone who has been there, the ACS offers 24/7 support at 1-800-227-2345.
    2. In 2014, the ACS fulfilled nearly 800,000 requests for cancer information via phone, email and online chats.
    3. Through the ACS Clinical Trials Matching Service, patients are connected with more than 6,000 ongoing studies.
    4. Through the ACS Hope Lodge® network, cancer patients and families are provided with free overnight lodging when they have to travel away from home for treatment. In 2014, about 276,000 nights of free lodging to nearly 44,000 patients and caregivers, saving more than $36 million in lodging expenses.
    5. With more than 120 sites at hospitals and treatment centers across the country, the ACS Patient Navigator Program provides one-on-one guidance to people facing cancer. In 2014, 56,000 patients received help understanding their cancer diagnosis and were connected to the resources they needed.
  • Find Cures

    The ACS funds and conducts research that helps to better understand, prevent, and find cures for cancer.

    1. The ACS has spent more than $4 billion on cancer research since 1946, playing a role in nearly every cancer breakthrough in recent history.
    2. ACS research and funded researchers have helped:
      1. Confirm the link between cigarette smoke and lung cancer
      2. Establish the link between obesity and multiple cancers
      3. Develop drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer
      4. Show that mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer
    3. The ACS funds beginning researchers with cutting-edge ideas early in their careers – 47 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.
  • Fight Back

    The ACS works with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight

    1. Along with nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network℠ (ACS CAN), the ASC has helped:
      1. Enact polices that prevent cancer, such as smoke-free laws to prevent and curb cigarette smoking
      2. Educate lawmakers on policies that provide access to quality and affordable health care, including cancer screening tests and treatments
      3. Encourage increased federal investment in cancer research

Outreach for awareness and support continues to provide the assistance necessary for the American Cancer Society. As the world’s largest movement to end cancer, 4 million people around the world participate in the 6,000+ American Cancer Society Relay for Life® events held each year. Not only this, but the ACS is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events unite nearly 300 communities across the US to help save lives from breast cancer – and together, finish the fight against the disease.

How You Can Help

ACS and PharPointInterested in contributing to help the ACS to continue their live-saving work? Donate here to help fund research, provide 24/7 patient support, and develop programs for early detection and prevention. Or, find volunteer opportunities and join the annual 2.5 million volunteers in the US to provide help and hope to cancer patients and to work toward a future free from the pain and suffering of cancer. If you are interested in participating in an event, there are an array of opportunities to suit your interests. From black-tie galas to full-length marathons, there is an event to let you join in the spirit of camaraderie and compassion to work together and save lives from cancer.

If you or someone you know is suffering from cancer, the American Cancer Society can help. Visit their website for information and resources on cancer and learn about how the ACS is changing lives within our communities.

 

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