Cancer. That ugly word nobody ever wants to hear, yet affects many family members and loved ones each year. Cancer can be detected during what would otherwise be a routine checkup, yet can suddenly change one’s life when they least expect it. With roughly a million people diagnosed with cancer every year, dealing with the disease or helping a loved one through treatment is an overwhelming process.
Truist account manager, Malik Bond, has witnessed these hardships first hand when he lost his brother to leukemia at a very young age. Losing a loved one, Bond believes, is something he and his relatives will never fully recover from. There are millions of other families who must endure the same hardships on a daily basis and can only hang on to hope that their loved ones can overcome the illness and sustain a normal life.
Luckily, the medical field has made giant leaps and bounds in the detection, prevention, and a cure for all types of cancer. These medical advancements could not have been achieved if not for the research initiatives funded by organizations like the American Cancer Society (ACS). Founded in 1913, the ACS has become a leader in activity based fundraising, research endeavors, advertisement campaigns, and patient outreach. Millions of individuals every year participate in ACS’s famous “Relay for Life” fundraising initiatives. “Relay for Life” is held on high-school and college campuses, in close-knit communities, as well as in large metropolitan areas. This event focuses on bringing awareness and raising funds to support ACS’s mission of “eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.”
The ACS also has a plethora of outreach programs that can be utilized by those diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. ACS offers online communities, which provide support with autonomy, as well as transportation to treatment facilities and lodging for those that must remain close to a hospital or other care facility. They also offer group education courses that focus on specific types of illnesses, such as breast and prostate cancer. These programs go above and beyond helping patients cope with the disease. ACS’s “Look Good Feel Better” and “Look Good Feel Better for Teens” programs provide donated cosmetics and skin care products to help individuals feel better about their physical appearance while dealing with the stressful treatment process.
The physical and emotional impact of cancer is especially tolling. However, the ACS is a “beacon of hope, a place of promise in that no matter what the outcome is, they will work diligently with the patient, their families, and loved ones to find and fund a way to eradicate this deadly disease,” says Bond. It is because of their extensive and all-encompassing programs that many individuals affected by cancer, as well as their friends and family, can find a way to cope with this severe illness with the support they need.
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