Dear Family and Friends,
I am excited to share with you that I am supporting an organization that is very important to me – the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).
ACS CAN is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization; encouraging lawmakers to support policies that lead to the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.
I’m excited to have you as part of this special event. Together, we can help save lives from cancer. You can do your part by helping to send a volunteer advocate from each of the fifty states and Puerto Rico to D.C. this September.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) has a nationwide structure of volunteers who put a face on cancer and are working to ensure that all those touched by cancer are heard as lawmakers make legislative and policy
choices that impact the battle against this dreaded disease. Central to ACS CAN’s success is a carefully organized grassroots structure. Fifty-one State Lead Ambassadors (SLAs) – one for each state and the District of Columbia – serve as top advocacy volunteers in their states, facilitating Ambassador Constituent Team (ACT) activities and providing a main contact for their US senators. Each congressional district also has its own lead advocate (ACT lead), who –
together with their state lead and staff partner – recruits and supports volunteers dedicated to the most critical components of successful advocacy campaigns: grassroots mobilization, media outreach, fundraising, and integrating advocacy into Society events, including the Relay For Life® and Making Strides Against Breast
Each year, ACS CAN convenes approximately 700 people volunteer leaders and
staff in Washington, D.C., for training, networking, and meetings with their
Members of Congress. Our volunteers are diverse, politically and geographically.
They embody views that span across the political spectrum and represent all 50
states, D.C., and each of the 435 Congressional Districts. This three day event
consists of briefings and training sessions that bookend the actual Lobby Day,
when our volunteers will meet with their Members of Congress to help ACS CAN
advocate for policies that secure investments in research and prevention; greater
access to care; and improved quality of life for all those touched by cancer.
Who We Are
Defeating cancer relies as much on public policy as it does on science. Lawmakers
and policy makers play a critical role in decisions that could save lives from
cancer. By supporting laws and policies such as sustained federal investments in cancer research, stronger tobacco control efforts, improved access to care and better quality of life for patients, lawmakers and policy makers at every level can get involved and stay involved in the fight against cancer. The American Cancer
Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society dedicated to encouraging elected officials and other policy makers to make the fight against cancer a priority.
Contributions or membership payments to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Inc. are not tax deductible.