About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer.
From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. You can find out more at www.cancer.org.
Here are just a few examples of how the American Cancer Society worked toward
achieving our mission in 2018 in California.
Finding Cancers Causes and Cures
As of August 1, 2019, the American Cancer Society is currently funding 91 cancer research grants totaling $49,218,000 in the state of California.
Provided more than 55,197 one-way rides to treatment and other cancer-related appointments to 2,517 patients through our Road To Recovery program
Provided 8,678 free nights of lodging to 826 patients through our Hotel Partners Program, saving them more than $1 million
Our patient navigators helped guide more than 650 newly diagnosed, undeserved cancer patients to overcome barriers to care
Helping Cancer Patients Access Care
Supporting Cancer Survivors
Helped more than 3,000 women manage appearance-related side effects of treatment
Provided more than 3,486 special kits of tailored information and resources for newly diagnosed patients
Provided more than 6,168 wigs or other head coverings to cancer patients
Offering Information and Education
Our website, cancer.org, had more than 1,576,800 visits from residents in California and provided the latest, most accurate information on virtually all topics related to cancer
Our 24/7/365 helpline handled more than 7,000 calls and live chats from residents in California seeking support, information, and resources
Providing Leadership and Education for the Health Care Community
Worked with more than 300 Primary Care and Hospital Systems to help more people prevent cancer or find it early, provide patient and provider education, and improve care
Fighting Cancer through Public Policy
Our advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, helped maintain state-supported cancer research
All of this just in California!
To learn more about the work of the American Cancer Society, please visit cancer.org.