·Here are a few things you should know ...
An estimated 37,490 Arizonans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and over 12,000 will die from their disease. The American Cancer Society helps save lives through groundbreaking research and free programs available to cancer patients throughout the state.
·Everyone knows that the American Cancer Society fundraises, but few people know how that money helps people affected by cancer in our community.
·The generous fundraising from our events like Evening of Hope Gala (Feb. 16), Relay For Life (Spring and Fall events), Climb to Conquer Cancer (Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff), the Kilt Run (March 15), and others make sure that we meet the needs of cancer patients and their families
· All proceeds from our events, like the upcoming 58 th annual Evening of Hope gala go toward fulfilling the mission of the American Cancer Society.
This means funding research and quality of life programs, educating the public on cancer, and promoting advocacy and service.
In Arizona, the Society is currently funding five cancer research grants totaling nearly $3 million dollars.
oEven the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there. This program provides transportation to and from treatment for cancer patients who don’t own a vehicle, can’t afford gas, or don’t have access to public transportation. Some may be elderly and unable to drive, too ill to drive, or have no family members or friends who can help with all their transportation needs. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that cancer patients can receive the potentially lifesaving treatments they need.
I spoke with Brittany Conklin from the American Cancer Society about all the amazing services they provide for Arizona cancer patients and their families, for our Valley Views program. Give it a listen to learn more and see how you can get involved!