ACS Mission Statement
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
International Mission Statement
The American Cancer Society's international mission concentrates on capacity building in developing cancer societies and on collaboration with other cancer-related organizations throughout the world in carrying out shared strategic directions.
Relay For Life is much more than a walk around a track. It is a time to remember those lost to cancer and celebrate those who have survived. It is a night for people who have shared the same experience to comfort and console one another. Relay gives you the power to help accelerate the Society's progress toward a future where cancer doesn't take the lives of our friends and family.
So what happens when you support the American Cancer Society through Relay For Life? You help us save lives, you help those who have been touched by cancer, and you help empower individuals to fight back against this disease. Here's how:
Every dollar you raise makes a difference to people in your community whose lives are touched by cancer. The Society has contributed to almost every major discovery in cancer research. Millions of lives have been saved as a result, including people you may know. For those people and countless others, the research the Society has funded is resulting in better ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.
The American Cancer Society will also continue to exert influence on all levels of government, advocating for stronger policies and enacting legislation that will save lives and conquer cancer.
Helping Those Touched by Cancer
When cancer affects you or someone you love, the American Cancer Society can lessen your fears and provide inspiration through our many programs and services - all free of charge and made possible through donations from local communities.
Your donations also give those touched by cancer answers to their questions and offer places to turn for help in their community through the Society's Web site, http://www.cancer.org and our 24-hour toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345.
Empowering People to Fight Back Against Cancer
A cancer survivor's recovery involves much more than medical treatments - it takes hope to heal. By participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, those touched by cancer can feel empowered to fight back against this disease.
All of this is made possible because of activities like Relay For Life. Are you ready to get involved? It's easy! You can put together a team or join an existing team. With our new Relay Online Web site, you can get involved right now by clicking on the "Sign Up Here" link on the left-hand side of the page or by clicking "Register Here" at the top of the home page. You can make a donation to a participant online as well. Just click on the "Donate Here" link on the left-hand side of the page or click on "Sponsor Participant" at the top of the home page. If you're a survivor, you can participate in the opening ceremony and walk alongside fellow survivors in a victory lap.
Relay For Life is about being a community that takes up the fight!