Guest Blog – American Cancer Society

This week we are excited to give the spot light to our local chapter of the American Cancer Society! In October we will be supporting them with a fundraiser excursion – check out the poster to learn more! Enjoy their article below to learn how we can all make a positive change in our local community!

 

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At the American Cancer Society, we’re on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better.

While most people know us for our research, we do so much more. We attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer. We research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. We fight for lifesaving policy changes. We provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for those who have been touched by cancer. And we do it all 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Everything the American Cancer Society does benefits everyone right here in our communities. The American Cancer Society provides the funds for cutting-edge research that can leads to better treatments for people in our neighborhoods. We advocate for better laws to help people in our state threatened by cancer. We’re in every community providing people with free information and services – when they need it most. Only the American Cancer Society has the scope and expertise to take this comprehensive approach to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. So when some of the money raised helps a researcher in another state investigate a new cancer treatment or to fund the development of a new program or service, everyone in our community still benefits. It is hard to associate a number with some of the things the American Cancer Society has done to help the Fox Valley community, like the number of people affected by the smoking ban in restaurants and bars or the exact number of people that are being helped by a treatment discovered by and American Cancer Society funded researcher.

I am happy to share with you that in 2016, the American Cancer Society provided the services and programs below to cancer patients right here in the Fox Valley (Outagamie, Winnebago & Calumet counties):

210 free wigs & head coverings through our TLC program
187 nights of free lodging
64 women attended our Look Good Feel Better program
106 Personal Health Managers were provided to newly diagnosed patients
35 Reach to Recovery visits were provided to breast cancer patients
202 free rides were provided for cancer treatment
4 free airline flights were provided
183 patients served with general information & navigation

So weather you are a volunteer, participant in an event or donate to the American Cancer Society know that your money is truly going to make a difference in the lives of so many people. I encourage you to visit our website at www.cancer.org for more information or to find out how you can get involved in helping us forward our mission of saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer.

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