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Our Mission

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We are committed to helping people get well, stay well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

Our 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.

The 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.

Through Relay For Life, we mobilize the world’s largest movement to defeat cancer once and for all. We’re fighting for every birthday, threatened by every cancer, in every community. And we get results.   

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How the Money is Spent

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Financial Statement  |  Annual Report 
Reports to the California Communities

Get Well- Service: 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: 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
Learn more about prevention and detection programs. Find cancer information.

Find Cures- 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.
 Learn more about advocacy

ways to fight back
Your team can Fight Back at Relay by bringing the mission of the American Cancer Society to your Relay Community.  Adopt a cancer awareness theme and activity to deliver the important message of prevention, early detection, and where to turn for help.  [Download Fight Back Activity Handbook.pdf

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