Governor and First Lady McDonnell Host Celebration to Honor American Cancer Society's 100th Birthday
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - In honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday, more than 100 Society staff and volunteers attended a reception hosted by Governor Robert McDonnell and the First Lady, Maureen McDonnell, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion. The event gave Society representatives an opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, many of whom attended the event and are all results of the progress made in the fight against cancer. Also at the event, Governor McDonnell signed a proclamation honoring the American Cancer Society for its 100 years of achievements in cancer research, programs and services, and urged Virginians to finish the fight against the disease.
The American Cancer Society was established in 1913 as the American Society for the Control of Cancer and has led the way in transforming cancer from deadly to treatable and in some cases, from treatable to preventable. According to the Society’s 2013 Cancer Facts & Figures, this year alone saw a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates since the 1990s. As a result, more than 400 people a day in the U.S. are celebrating birthdays that would have otherwise been lost to cancer.
“The American Cancer Society continues to invest in cancer research and provide support and information for people affected by the disease,” said Michele Couch, state vice president for the American Cancer Society. “But silence won’t finish this fight – action will. Now is the time to join together to finish the fight.”
The governor’s recognition of the American Cancer Society’s birthday 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.
Society officials took the opportunity to thank corporate sponsors and partners from across Virginia who help the non-profit organization raise funds critical to providing local programs and services for cancer patients and their families. With support from local companies and philanthropists, the American Cancer Society ensures that lifesaving cancer research gets funded; people facing cancer have the help they need, such as a free place to stay during treatment or a ride to get there; and, people have equal access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and clean air.
For more information about the Society’s 100th birthday and how to get involved, visit cancer.org/fight. In Central Virginia, call (804) 527-3702; in Hampton Roads, call (757) 493-7998; in Roanoke, call (540) 774-2717.
Photo Caption: Representatives from the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network stand with volunteers as Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell signs a proclamation honoring the Society’s 100th birthday. Photo courtesy of Kathy Scott.