Great West Division 2010 Annual Report

Creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays requires a fierce determination. It takes innovation to transform that kind of vision into reality. And it takes a relentless organization – one that’s willing to transform both itself and the challenges it faces – to tackle that kind of goal.

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In the past year, we have accomplished much in this fight. Indeed, since our organization began, we have been fortunate to play a vital role in the history of cancer, contributing to nearly every major game-changing advance in the past 100 years. The more than 11 million cancer survivors alive today in the US are living proof of our progress. We
celebrate that progress – and recognize the importance of noting it each year.

Yet we are not content to rest on our laurels. In 2010, cancer was projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide, followed by heart disease and stroke, and we now know it also causes the most economic harm around the globe. At the same time, however, we also know more about how to prevent, detect, and treat this disease than ever before. The hopeful side of cancer has never been more hopeful.

To us, that means we at the Society are uniquely poised to have a significant impact on the planet’s most deadly disease.

That’s why we’re choosing to work relentlessly toward one goal: creating not just a nation, but a world with more birthdays by saving even more lives from cancer. We are laser-focused on this mission, and we’re seeking game-changing advance. To get there, we’re making our organization more innovative, effective, and efficient – and we’re
working in new and different ways to transform the way we fight cancer both in this country and around the world.

We believe there’s never been a better time to beat this disease – or for more people, everywhere, to hear “Happy Birthday” another year.


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