Simone Smith, wife of hip-hop legend LL Cool J, was inspired to design stylish charms that represented her journey from diagnosis to treatment, and now sells them to support the cause.
In 2004, Simone was diagnosed with stage III chondorosarcoma – a rare form of cancer. Her treatment required an invasive surgery that altered the appearance of her lollipop tattoo. “It literally looks like someone took a bite out of it,” said Simone.
She was so moved by the experience that she designed a lollipop charm to represent her journey towards getting well and staying well, and hopes the charm will inspire others to help the cancer survivors in their lives and support the fight for more birthdays.
Ten percent of the purchase price is donated to the American Cancer Society.
In a stark departure from past practice, the American Cancer Society plans to devote its entire $15 million  advertising budget... not to smoking cessation or colorectal screening but to the consequences of inadequate health coverage.
The campaign was born of the group’s frustration that cancer rates are not dropping as rapidly as hoped, and of recent research linking a lack of insurance to delays in detecting malignancies.
The Luminaria Ceremony takes place after dark, so we can remember people we have lost to cancer, honor people who have fought cancer in the past, and support those whose fight continues. Candles are lit inside of personalized bags and are placed around the Relay track as glowing tributes to those who’ve been affected by cancer.
This emotionally powerful ceremony inspires Relay participants to take action. The Fight Back Ceremony symbolizes the emotional commitment each of us can make in the fight against cancer. The action taken represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives.
During the Survivors Lap, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track. Relay For Life events also recognize and celebrate caregivers, who give time, love, and support to their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers facing cancer.
Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce our risk of getting breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Since Making Strides began 20 years ago, breast cancer death rates have declined more than 32 percent.
"The American Cancer Society has been a close partner to UICC and its members for many years, and John Seffrin's personal commitment and leadership in the global challenge posed by cancer has been inspirational to many,” said Cary Adams, chief executive officer of UICC. “The three-year commitment by ACS to partner with UICC in our global programmes brings significant additional resources to the global cancer fight, and it will hopefully encourage others to join us.”
The American Cancer Society (ACS), the world’s largest voluntary health organization, announced today that it has committed $2 million towards fighting cancer and impacting cancer control internationally. This $2 million investment, with the oversight of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), will be directed towards three priority areas – improving access to pain relief worldwide through the Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative (a joint program of UICC and ACS); supporting the work of the NCD Alliance (a network of over 2,000 civil society organizations in more than 170 countries) to make non-communicable diseases a priority on the global health and development agenda; and supporting the development of cancer leaders to build cancer control capacity worldwide. The announcement was made during the UICC’s biennial World Cancer Congress in Montreal, Canada (Aug. 27-30, 2012).
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or finding it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do.
By 1922, the Society had grown so large that its budget was increased to $60,000. Nearly 700 cancer committees had been formed throughout the United States, and the organization estimated that half the country's population was aware of cancer and its dangers. In 1924, while continuing to educate, the American Society also established cancer clinics to provide early diagnosis and treatment for patients, and to fight fraudulent cancer cures. During the decade, "What Everyone Should Know About Cancer," a pamphlet published by the organization, had grown to become one of the most popular and widely circulated medical handbooks in the country. The not-for-profit agency was growing at a dizzying rate, and generous people throughout America opened up their pocketbooks to help the cause.
The roots of the American Cancer Society can be traced back to 1912. In that year, the American Gynecological Society met in Washington, D.C., and discussed how a greater control of cancer could be achieved through a campaign to educate the general public. A committee was appointed to draft a plan for the implementation of a comprehensive cancer education program, which was endorsed at the Society's meeting one year later. Having endorsed the establishment of a national society to prevent cancer through education, an organizational meeting was held in May 1913 at the Harvard Club in New York City, and the American Society for the Control of Cancer was formed. With a budget of $10,000, the Society helped place the first article on cancer published in a popular woman's magazine, the Ladies' Home Journal.
We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.