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14 Mar 2017

‘Where Does the Money Go?’ – The American Cancer Society

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Post by Wesley Franco

The American Cancer Society has been dedicated to saving lives from cancer for over one hundred years and has been at the forefront of every major cancer breakthrough since day one. You may have heard of their fundraising events: Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Climb to Conquer Cancer, and Picnic Under the Stars gala. But after the donations come in and the event is over, where does the money go?

Each one of us has been touched by cancer in one way or another. The American Cancer Society is there for cancer patients, their family, friends, and caregivers, when and where they need it.

The National Cancer Information Center connects those with questions to a cancer information specialist 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via phone, email, and live chats on cancer.org.

Patient navigators are professionals who help newly diagnosed patients, along with their families and caregivers, navigate the cancer experience. A navigator can help with many requests, including cancer information, community-based resources, nutritional information, transportation to appointments and treatments, lodging, free wigs, and more.

Sometimes cancer patients don’t feel well enough to drive themselves to treatment, or they don’t have access to reliable transportation. Other times they might not have someone able to drive them to their cancer-related appointments. Even the best treatment can’t help if a patient can’t get there, so the American Cancer Society provides free rides to cancer patients through the Road To Recovery program. Volunteers donate their time and the use of their vehicle to make sure that patients get to their potentially life-saving appointments.

When cancer patients have to travel to treatment, the American Cancer Society provides free or low-cost lodging. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for it is a lifted burden for cancer patients and their caregivers. Additionally, the American Cancer Society provides a home away from home at the Hope Lodge, where patients and their adult caregivers can stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. There are more than 30 Hope Lodge locations in the United States, including a beautiful, two casita building in Arizona at the Mayo Clinic Hospital.

The American Cancer Society is committed to saving lives from cancer. That’s why the Society has invested more than $4.5 billion dollars in cancer research since 1946, including current funding for seven research grants in Arizona worth more than $5.6 million dollars. Forty-seven of the researchers previously funded by the American Cancer Society have gone on to win Nobel Prizes – no other not-for-profit health organization comes close to that record. Among their many achievements, the Society’s research was the first to connect smoking cigarettes to lung cancer, helped develop the PAP smear to detect gynecological cancers early and provide evidence that obesity increases your risk of getting cancer.

It is through the success of the American Cancer Society’s fundraising events that these programs and services are free and available to cancer patients and the community. With your help, the Society is saving lives, celebrating life, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. Help support the mission of the American Cancer Society on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the 56th annual Picnic Under the Stars gala. For more information, visit picnicunderthestars.org.

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