Our Mission & Impact
Cancer hasn't stopped for COVID-19 and patients need our support now more than ever.
All proceeds from California Spirit benefit the American Cancer Society's mission to save lives, celebrate lives,
and lead the fight for a world without cancer. The American Cancer Society is the largest private funder of cancer research in the United States, with more than $4.9 billion invested in live-saving research for cancer prevention, detection and treatment.
One in two men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime. Today, almost 1,700 people in the United States will die of cancer. That adds up to more than 600,000 Americans dying of cancer this year alone. That’s why, with our 1.5 million volunteers, we are taking action.
We are activists. Contributed to a 27% drop in cancer death rates since 1991 in the U.S. (2.1 million lives saved!) 40 million California residents are covered by local smoke-free laws.
We provide direction. We are the #1 trusted source for cancer information with over 100 million visits to cancer.org annually. We offer a live hotline to provide answers and support 24/7 which receives more than 1.3 million calls annually. 277 partnerships with California health systems work to increase cancer screenings and HPV vaccination rates.
We serve communities. 8.5 million free rides to treatment provided through Road to Recovery and 4 million free nights of lodging through Hope Lodge communities. 63,000 free rides were given to Californians so they could get to their potentially life-saving treatments.
We are a leader in transformational cancer breakthroughs.
As the largest private, not-for-profit funder of cancer research,
we have invested more than $4.8 billion since 1946. $59.2M was invested in California for research in 2018 alone.
Thank you to our generous California Spirit supporters!
We appreciate your investment in the American Cancer Society's future and mission.