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We save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.


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.



One person can make a difference. Your involvement with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is essential to supporting our mission to defeat cancer once and for all.

The monetary support you provide is invested wisely. 75% of funds raised in CA was spent on national and California based research, prevention, early detection, treatment, and patient support services. Learn more about how your donation helps save lives in California.

Read more about how your Relay For Life involvement is making an impact in the fight against cancer.


Get Well- Patient Services: If you are diagnosed with cancer, where can you turn for help? The American Cancer Society offers many free programs for patients and survivors, including rides to and from treatment; the Cancer Survivors Network for support; beauty products for patients to help them restore their self-confidence after debilitating treatment; and more.
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Stay Well- Education and Prevention: The American Cancer Society provides free educational programs and support services to help improve the quality of life for all cancer patients and their families, including prevention and early detection initiatives like the Great American Health Challenge, Tell A Friend; our toll-free 24 hour information line 1-800-ACS-2345 and Web site
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Find Cures- Funding Research: The American Cancer Society is the largest source of private, nonprofit cancer research funds in the United States, second only to the federal government. The Society has had a hand in virtually every major cancer breakthrough of the past half-century. With your help, we can continue on this path.
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At select Relay For Life events, you can personally participate in research that could help identify factors that cause or prevent cancer . Learn more about the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3.
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Fight Back- Advocacy: The American Cancer Society Action Network (ACS CAN) is the Society's nonprofit, nonpartisan sister organization that consists of a grassroots network of volunteers working on the local, state, and federal levels to pass meaningful legislation. ACS CAN advocates for stronger public health laws to fight cancer and achieve equal access to quality health care for all people.
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The monetary support you provide is invested wisely. Learn more about how your donation helps save lives in California.

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ways to fight back
Your team can Fight Back at Relay by bringing the mission of the American Cancer Society to your Relay Community.  Discuss how you plan to Fight Back with other Relayers across the country

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Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back!