The American Cancer Society turns 100 years old on May 22nd this year, and I’m thrilled to be writing this sponsored post as part of their birthday celebrations! As long-term readers of this blog know, last year I marked thirty years of cancer survivorship by holding a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Working on the Small Hands Creating Hope project with over forty other bloggers was a wonderful way to celebrate the happy ending of my cancer story, while raising awareness and collecting funds to support further research and to provide support for cancer patients.
Founded in 1913 by 15 physicians and business leaders who wanted to raise awareness of cancer, the American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every breakthrough in recent history. The research and education programs they funded have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US since the early 1990s – saving nearly 1.2 million lives.
The American Cancer Society is running a fascinating study right now that I would love for my readers to enroll in! I’m not eligible, or I would! The Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) has three requirements: you need to be between 30 and 65 years old, have no personal history of cancer, and be willing to make a long-term commitment to completing periodic follow-up questionnaires for the study. The goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the US by the end of this year.
This video does a wonderful job of summing up some of the progress the American Cancer Society has helped to make over the past 100 years:
Why is cancer research important to you?
This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.