American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a non-profit organization that helps people fight against cancer and fight to prevent it. First being established in 1913, the organization has come a long way to call for the public awareness of cancer around the world.

Back in the early 1900s, many saw cancer as an automatic route to death with no escape. When doctors realized that cancer needed public awareness, journalists and even magazines would write articles about the disease. Through this, the ACS was able to develop their infamous logo: Sword of Hope symbol. In 1936, the Women’s Field Army was created through the idea that people should volunteer to wage war on cancer. This caused the ACS to become a voluntary organization.

Throughout the early ’60s and ’70s, the ACS had accomplished a lot. They were able to get the federal government involved by advocating for the establishment of the National Cancer Act in 1971, which allowed for the grant of special funds to be given to the National Cancer Institute.

The ACS has established five core values: integrity, compassion, courage, determination, diversity. All of these values are incorporated into the lives of patients, which not only influences their pasts, presents, and futures but also meant to give motivation to cancer patients. Along with the continuous support from workers at the ACS.

Not only does the ACS help out in their center, but also have brought cancer awareness through books. The organization has published many online informative brochures, books, and pamphlets. These often carry the details on the types of cancers that exist, prevention, and etc. . . ACS also offers community programs/services to not only help those diagnosed but also their families. ACS wants to offer help to anyone in need to cope with their new situation so that the process can become much easier to handle.

Anyone can help and support the ACS to help fight against cancer by looking up their website or even calling the Cancer Helpline. Help out in fundraisers that the ACS promotes, including the Relay For Life, Real Men Wear Pink, Walk/Run Events, and more! It’s important to support an organization that looks out for people’s lives so that they can lead a bright future.

Written By: Brenda Jovel