Examples of how the American Cancer Society is making a difference include:
* Research - Currently, 12 cancer researchers in Iowa are funded by the American Cancer Society at a total of $6.9 million. No single non-governmental, not-for-profit organization in the US has invested more to find the causes and cures of cancer than the American Cancer Society.
* Lodging - The Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Iowa City provides a home-away-from-home for cancer patients at no cost. For months now, the Hope Lodge has been running at maximum capacity, and saves cancer patients over $1 million annually in lodging costs. The American Cancer Society has also been leading the way in working with the Iowa Lodging Association in making hotel rooms across Iowa available to cancer patients at no cost. Currently, more than 30 hotels are part of this program, providing thousands of room nights and greatly reducing the financial burden of cancer to patients and their families.
* Transportation - The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need. Last year in Iowa, over 3,700 rides were given by over 160 volunteer drivers.
* Patient support - In 2011, the American Cancer Society helped more than 5,400 Iowans on their cancer journey with cancer information, programs, and services. Without this support, many people would not know where to go for help.
* The toll-free 800 number and website - Not only is the American Cancer Society in your community fighting cancer, but in your home, as well. In 2011, over 1 million calls were made to our toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24/7, for information, help, or maybe just someone to talk to. Our website, www.cancer.org, receives about 25 million visitors annually and is recognized as one of the leading resources for online cancer information.
* Youth Scholarships - Last year, the American Cancer Society awarded 21 $1,000 scholarships to college students in Iowa who were cancer survivors. In 2012, even more funds will be directed to this program.
The American Cancer Society began its work in 1913, when cancer was a certain death sentence. Thanks to American Cancer Society volunteers, the five-year survival rate for all cancers is now 68 percent. Since the 1990s, that's 350 more lives saved each and every day.
For more information about the American Cancer Society please call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.