American Cancer Society Marks 100th Birthday With Events Around New York City

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New Yorkers Encouraged to Honor Milestone by Taking Action in Fight to End Cancer

New York, NY (May 20, 2013)  — On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, the American Cancer Society will celebrate 100 years of saving lives and creating a world with more birthdays. The Society is using the historic milestone as an opportunity to encourage everyone to participate in a Moment Against Silence by pledging to do one thing to help finish the fight against cancer: such as making a donation, enrolling in the research study called Cancer Prevention Study-3 to help better understand how to prevent cancer, and making healthy choices to reduce cancer risk. For details, go to cancer.org/fight.

In New York State, 108,760 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year and 34,240 will die from this disease.  There will be multiple public and private events through New York City on May 21 and 22 in honor of the Society’s 100th birthday. The following events will be open to the media:

May 21, 2013
· CPS-3 enrollment at NSLIJ – Forest Hills Hospital
9:30am-1pm
102-01 66th, 8th floor, Forest Hills, NY
Local residents will be enrolling on-site for the Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3. Enrollment includes a survey, a blood sample and a waist measurement. Information will be used to help determine lifestyle and genetic facts that either cause or prevent cancer incidence.

May 22, 2013

· 100 Mile Central Park Relay Race
5am-8:30pm
Central Park, Manhattan, NY
The American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation team of New York athletes will run a 100-mile relay through Central Park to commemorate the Society’s 100 years. The American Cancer Society DetermiNation Program is an endurance events and training program featuring marathons and triathlons that fight cancer. DetermiNation athletes have participated in local events such as the ING New York City Marathon.

· CPS-3 enrollment at New York Hospital Queens
11:30am-3:00pm
56-45 Main Street, Flushing, NY
Local residents will be enrolling on-site for the Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3. Enrollment includes a survey, a blood sample and a waist measurement. Information will be used to help determine lifestyle and genetic facts that either cause or prevent cancer incidence.

· Lights of Hope Display at City Hall
5pm-6pm
New York City Hall, front steps
The American Cancer Society’s advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), will recognize the 100th birthday with a Lights of Hope display at City Hall,  featuring dozens of decorated lights along with pictures and stories of individuals lost to cancer and those still fighting. The display will align with New York City Council discussions over several pieces of legislation that are important in the fight against cancer, including funding for cancer screening and efforts to further reduce the deadly impact of tobacco.

· 100th Birthday Party for Cancer Patients & Caregivers
6pm-8pm
Hope Lodge NYC, 132 W. 32 Street, New York, NY
EHE International will host a 100th birthday party for Hope Lodge guests and volunteers. Hope Lodge is a 60-room facility that provides temporary housing for cancer patients and their caregivers who require treatment in New York City but live more than an hour from their treatment center. The event will include dinner and a special 100th birthday cake created by Bonne Fette Baking.  EHE is also celebrating their centennial this year.