POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 11:41am
Baton Rouge, La — In honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th Birthday, Governor Bobby Jindal officially proclaimed May 22 as “American Cancer Society Day” and urges all residents of Louisiana to join together to finish the fight against cancer.
The American Cancer Society was established in 1913 as American Society for the Control of Cancer, and after 100 years, has achieved many milestones in the fight against cancer. To commemorate the birthday, the Society’s advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), worked with the governor’s office to secure the proclamation.
“Over 100 years of saving lives and creating more birthdays, the American Cancer Society has led the way in transforming cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable,” said Amber Stevens, ACS CAN state lead ambassador for Louisiana. “Silence won’t finish this fight – action will. As the American Cancer Society continues to invest in cancer research and provide support and information for people with the disease, ACS CAN is working with elected officials and grassroots advocates to make this cancer’s last century. Now is the time to join together to finish the fight.”
American Cancer Society Day is meant to inspire people in the community to look for ways to get involved in the fight against cancer. Through the American Cancer Society, people can become part of cancer’s next research breakthrough by enrolling in the organization’s Cancer Prevention Study-3, participate in a Relay For Life® event, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walk or volunteer to help people with cancer in their community.
ACS CAN gives cancer patients and survivors a voice in calling on lawmakers to make the cancer fight a top priority. Through an extensive nationwide volunteer network, ACS CAN emphasizes the importance of federal funding for lifesaving cancer research and the need for people with cancer and their families to have access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and smoke-free air in their communities.
In Louisiana, ACS CAN has worked with the legislature to maintain funding for the state’s breast and cervical cancer early detection program, which provides cancer prevention screenings to low-income women throughout the state.
“We thank Governor Jindal for his commitment to the fight against cancer by proclaiming May 22 as American Cancer Society Day,” said Stevens. “The American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday is an opportunity to get active in the battle to end cancer. We’ve never been more ready to work together to put the American Cancer Society out of business.”