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Give Kids More Hope Through Gold Together

As the American Cancer Society's childhood cancer initiative, Gold Together empowers individuals to raise funds that directly support research, advocacy, and patient support dedicated to childhood cancer.

Join Gold Together and you’ll be joining a community of survivors, volunteers, and supporters who believe that the future can be free from childhood cancer.

The Challenge of Childhood Cancer

Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for children and adolescents

Ages 1-19 and the 2nd most common cause of death among children ages 1 to 14.

1 in 257 children

And adolescents will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.1

9,620 new cases

In children (ages <15 years) and 5,290 new cases in adolescents (ages 15-19 years) are expected to be diagnosed in 2024.

1Statistical Methodology and Applications Branch, National Cancer Institute. DevCan: Probability of Developing or Dying of Cancer Software, version 6.8.0. Surveillance Research Program, Statistical Methodology and Applications Branch, National Cancer Institute; 2022.2.


Join the Movement

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Cole Eicher’s Vision

The Gold Together for childhood cancer movement was created by childhood brain cancer survivor Cole Eicher, who envisioned a Gold Together team at every Relay For Life event starting with his team in St. Petersburg, Florida. Through Gold Together, volunteers can raise awareness, support families facing childhood cancer, and connect those families to a lifetime of resources through the American Cancer Society.


Raised since 2019


Communities supporting Relay For Life Gold Together teams


Research grants dedicated to childhood cancer research in 2024


Volunteers (annual average)

Get Involved to Make an Impact

The fight against childhood cancer needs you now more than ever.

The mission of The American Cancer Society is to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.

Gold Together Dollars are Making a Difference

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The American Cancer Society funds scientists who conduct innovative research on childhood cancer at medical schools, universities, research institutes, and hospitals throughout the United States.

As of January 2024, the American Cancer Society is funding 44 multi-year research grants for a total of $26 million that are specific to childhood cancer.

  • In partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, childhood cancer research funding grants totaling $4.4 million commenced in July 2021 and positively impacted mortality and quality of life.
  • Our annual Cancer Facts & Figures reposts are the most widely cited sources for cancer data in the world.
  • The Childhood Cancer Research Landscape Report was produced by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the Alliance For Childhood Cancer. This report provides important perspectives and data from the childhood cancer community on barriers to research and the current efforts to overcome those barriers.
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Through the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN), advocates work with national, state, and local governments to push for policy changes that help cancer patients and their families.

  • As a member of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer, we work collaboratively through advocacy by participating in Childhood Cancer Action Days, supporting funding for the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative, and various other initiatives. Childhood Cancer Research.
  • We take action through our Gold Together National Ambassadors (ages 13-23) who create meaningful change by engaging policymakers at local, state, and federal levels around childhood cancer legislation in partnership with ACS CAN. Gold Together Ambassadors are active in their community by participating in community events and building awareness around childhood cancer.
  • The Young Leaders Caucus fosters opportunities to connect young people to the work of ACS CAN and to others with similar interests. Working to elevate the perspectives of young people, including cancer survivors, about childhood and AYA cancer. The ACS CAN Young Leaders Caucus is the ideal space for volunteers, aged 18-35, to connect and engage in cancer advocacy throughout the year. 
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A child battling cancer will never outgrow the support of the American Cancer Society.

  • As a definitive and highly trusted source of the latest, evidence-based cancer information, we give families the facts and information they need to fight cancer through our website.
  • Our National Cancer Information Center specialists are available 24/7, via phone, at 800-227-2345, as well as online. NCIC specialists can search national cancer assistance programs and services. 
  • WE build communities of support by connecting passionate volunteers with families facing childhood cancer through the ACS CARES (Community Access to Resources, Education, and Support) app that equips those facing cancer with curated content, programs and services that fit their specific cancer journey.. 
  • We provide much-needed support and resources for cancer caregivers through our Caregiver Resource Guide and Caregiver Support Video Series.
  • Our Road to Recovery volunteer drivers provide free rides to cancer-related medical appointments. Patients must be 18 years or older to ride by themselves, and patients who are minors should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Other eligibility requirements may apply. 
  • Hope Lodge communities across the country provide a free place to stay during treatment so people with cancer can focus on getting better at no cost to guests. Hope Lodge eligibility is 18 years and older with the following locations accepting patients 12 years and older (Houston, TX, Lubbock, TX, Memphis, TN, Greenville, SC, Jackson, MS, St. Louis, MO, and Minneapolis, MN). Other lodging requirements may apply, and other lodging assistance may be available.

Help save lives by making a donation. Every dollar directly supports the American Cancer Society’s fight against childhood cancer through research, advocacy, and services.

For more information and additional volunteer opportunities contact