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survivorShirtWe have cause to celebrate in the fight against cancer: our statistics show that the actual number of people losing their lives to cancer has declined, even as our country’s population continues to grow and age. And the American Cancer Society is working to help preserve that trend and save the lives of more and more people facing cancer.
Thanks in part to research and funding from the American Cancer Society over the last six decades, more is known about the detection, treatment, and prevention of cancer than ever before. Innovations made possible through Society-funded research like the cancer drug Gleevec are a mark of the Society’s commitment to the mission of eliminating cancer as a major health threat. With billions invested in cancer research, the Society has helped promising investigators make important discoveries. In fact, to date, a total of 40 Society-funded researchers have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.This progress in research means something very important - we may have more survivors to celebrate each year.
researchA survivor named Scott is one vibrant example of the impact American Cancer Society-funded research can have on survivorship. He survived two bouts of chronic myelogenous leukemia and one of lymphoma thanks to Society researchers’ groundbreaking discoveries. After a bone marrow transplant, stem cell transfusion, chemotherapy, radiation, and two titanium hip replacements, Scott was able to survive cancer not once, but three times. Two American Cancer Society-funded researchers were instrumental in developing the treatments for Scott’s type of cancers treatments that helped him survive.
Did his three battles with cancer bring Scott down? Exactly the opposite. Scott went on to climb mountains, fly planes, and ride mountain bikes. He also spent time volunteering with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life®. Watch Scott's video to hear more.
“Relay For Life has allowed me to build friendships for life,” Scott said. “I’ve had the opportunity to give hope to others and to raise money for research to beat cancer forever.”
This is what the American Cancer Society’s mission is all about: saving lives. We are making a difference, but we need your help to continue to do more. By taking part in Relay For Life, you can help raise much-needed funds and awareness and help the American Cancer Society, and the critical research it funds, to reach toward a future where cancer is no longer a major health issue.