Who, What, & Why: Cancer is a major public health problem worldwide and is the second leading cause of Cancer is a major public health problem worldwide and is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Chances are someone you know, whether friend, coworker, or loved one, has been affected by cancer. In 1995, my Poppy passed away from colon cancer. In the past few years, more than ten people I know, as well as my dog, were diagnosed with cancer, BUT, thanks to research, fundraising, and public resources, half of those people were able to be treated and their cancer is in remission.
The mission of the American Cancer Society is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. As we all know, when cancer strikes, it hits from all sides. That's why the American Cancer Society is committed to attacking cancer from every angle. With more than 100 years of experience and leadership, they are a global force, fighting all cancers on all fronts, across the US and around the globe. With the help of millions of supporters, they launch breakthrough research, create empowering resources for people to outsmart cancer, enable local communities to support those affected, and convene powerful activists to create awareness and impact.
The American Cancer Society, Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation governed by a single Board of Directors that is responsible for setting policy, establishing long-term goals, monitoring general operations, and approving the organizational outcomes and allocation of resources. The Board is composed entirely of volunteers from the medical and lay communities.