Wednesday, December 29, 2010 & The American Cancer Society

Following up from yesterdays post, today we are going to share a little bit about another awesome non-profit organization.   After our company wide vote at, our employees decided on the American Cancer Society (ACS).

FACT: Cancer is second to Heart Disease as the leading cause of death in America.

It’s not a surprise this organization was chosen because some if not all of us has had a family member or friend battle with this disease. The American Cancer is a nationwide; community based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

The mission statement for the ACS today states:
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 ACS originally named the American Cancer Society for the Control of Cancer (ASCC) was founded in 1913 by a group of prominent physicians and business leaders in New York City.  In those days having cancer was a death sentence, so much so that some doctors would avoid telling their patients because it was publicly feared.  Because of this, the ACS founders raised public awareness through newspapers, popular magazines, professional journals and they also recruited medical professionals across America.

Society-funded researchers have contributed to nearly every major cancer research breakthrough the ACS’s research program began. They’ve helped establish the link between cancer and smoking; demonstrated the effectiveness of the Pap test; developed cancer-fighting drugs and biological response modifiers such as interferon; dramatically increased the cure rate for childhood leukemia; proven the safety and effectiveness of mammography; and so much more.

All told, the American Cancer Society has invested approximately $3.5 billion in research, including giving 44 future Nobel Prize winners the recognition and funding they needed to get started.

In addition their advocacy efforts later contributed to the passage of the National Cancer Act in 1971, which granted special funds and authority to expand the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and revolutionized the war on cancer.

The ACS is supported by millions of members all over the US.  The ACS strives to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  They help people stay well, get well by finding cures and by fighting back against cancer.

Today, the American Cancer Society is leading the fight against cancer, contributing $1 billion in resources annually to save lives.  Thanks in part to the Society’s work, there are 11 million cancer survivors alive in the United States alone. The ACS has helped create more than 300 birthdays each and every day just since the early 1990s.

They attest to not rest until no one – in the U.S. or around the world – will ever lose another birthday to cancer. Even if its just a 1 buck, we urge you to donate to the ACS today.

As you can see they have helped millions of people worldwide and who knows one day you or someone you know might need their help. Don’t forget to log on to today to take a look at our extensive Cabinet Hardware inventory always in-stock!

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