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American Cancer Society
Last updated on June 10, 2014


The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

More than 3,400 local offices nationwide are organized to deliver cancer prevention, early detection, and patient services programs at the community level.

Over two million volunteers carry out the Society's mission of eliminating cancer and improving quality of life for those individuals facing the disease. These dedicated volunteers donate their time and talents to further cancer research; educate the public about early detection and prevention; advocate for responsible cancer legislation in the local, state, and federal governments; and serve cancer patients and their families as they manage their cancer experience.

The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 as the American Society for the Control of Cancer (ASCC) by 15 prominent physicians and business leaders in New York City.
Beginning in 1946 with $1 million, the Society's research program has invested nearly $3.2 billion in cancer research. We are the largest grantor of private, nonprofit cancer research dollars in the nation. The Society has funded 42 Nobel Prize winners early in their careers.

With national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 15 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Contact person: Jessica Peterson, Program Specialist, (301) 562-3613, (email)

Main office number: (703) 938-5550
Office fax number: (703) 938-6779


 124 Park Street SE
Vienna, VA 22180
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Last updated on June 10, 2014

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The Most Fun and Rewarding Volunteering Experience!

 Especially for a first timer. This was my first event to officially volunteer and have a huge impact. Me, along with my friend and one committee member, made hundreds of iluminaries for Cancer survivors, and put them up all around the track, and also on the bleachers. The candles were lit at night and it was a beautiful sight. We spelled "HOPE" in large letters on the bleachers and then later changed it to "CURE". Tons of people came, we had good food and drinks, and music! This was incredibly fun while helping out in making an event come to life! If this is happening in my neighborhood again, I will be there!
posted on June 21, 2010
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