The American Cancer Society was founded 100 years ago to take on a disease that the medical community could then do little about. So much has changed in the century since, and for this big birthday, the ACS is renewing their fight against this disease that affects us all, whether directly or indirectly. You can watch the video above to learn some integral facts about the progress that has been made, thanks in part to ACS.
Among these facts are that 60 years ago, only one in three people diagnosed with cancer survived at least five years. Today, fueled by donors across the nation, two out of three will survive. And the ACS won’t stop until a full three out of three are alive and well. Furthermore, the ACS has proven itself in finding the best cancer researchers who come up with the most innovative and valuable ideas in the field. As you’ll see in the video, they have worked with a whopping 46 Nobel Laureates.
But there is still much to be done in the arena of cancer research, as 577,000 Americans died of cancer this year and hundreds of studies went unfunded. This is where you come in. At this donation link, you can give any amount that you’re able to help save lives and fund studies. As of the time of this posting, Hearst Magazines will donate $1 to the ACS for every pledge they receive (up to $50,000 total). Also on that page, you can sign a personal pledge to make healthy choices that prevent cancer, such as eating a healthy diet, not smoking, and getting routine cancer screenings.
The ACS has a motto that cancer thrives on silence, complacency, and business as usual. So take action and make some noise.
This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.