(Contest Nominee) AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Helping Colorado Fight Back Against Cancer

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY is one of seven local charities nominated in Citywide Banks’ Charity Hand-Up Contest taking place June 1-14, 2013. The Denver/Boulder community is invited to vote for a nominee and enter prize drawings. The charity receiving the most contest votes will receive a $5,000 donation, while the other nominees will split $2,500 in donations based on the voting results.

Almost everyone has been touched by cancer. Whether you’re a survivor, have a loved one that’s been diagnosed, or lost someone close to you. More than 1.6 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and almost 600,000 will die of the disease.

That’s why the work of the American Cancer Society is so important. They are determined to find cures. In fact, in spite of those high numbers, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US since 1991.

But the Society is in no way resting on its achievements. They are determined to finish the fight against cancer in Colorado and across the United States.

Since 1913, the Society has worked tirelessly to fulfill its mission, which is to “help people stay well, feel well, find cures and fight back,” says Shane Ferraro, Communications Manager of the Society’s Great Western Division.

He further explained that they help people stay well by preventing cancer or finding it early. “We also help people get well by being there for them during and after diagnosis with information and programs and services,” said Ferraro.

And the nearly 4 billion dollars in research the Society has funded over the years has contributed to nearly every major cancer breakthrough in the last century. They were part of the study that linked cigarette smoking to cancer as well as the one that found a link between obesity and certain cancers. They’ve also funded 46 researchers that have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

The Society was founded 100 years ago by 15 physicians and business leaders in New York as the American Society for the Control of Cancers (ASCC). “At that time, a cancer diagnosis amounted to a near certain death, and was rarely mentioned in public,” said Ferraro. The Society was established to raise public awareness about this taboo disease. The ASCC was then reorganized as the American Cancer Society in 1945, with the Colorado Chapter incorporating in 1941.

What few people know, says Ferraro, is that the American Cancer Society does more than fund research. They offer many free programs and services to cancer patients and their families.

Their 1-800 Cancer Information Hotline is operated 24/7 by trained specialists, supported by oncology nurses and other medical professionals, to answer questions from anyone affected by cancer, whether it’s a patient, a family member, a friend or a caregiver.

Some of their programs include:

  • Reach to Recovery - newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are matched with survivors for support and information
  • Look Good … Feel Better – helps cancer patients address the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments
  • Road to Recovery – transportation program for those who can’t easily get to and from their cancer treatments and doctor appointments

Cancer Resource Centers and Patient Navigators are two programs that provide important detailed information for patients trying to learn as much as possible about their specific type of cancer and what their options are. There are six Centers and four Navigators in Colorado.

There are numerous ways to get involved with this century old organization. This summer there are more than 20 Relay For Life events scheduled in the metro Denver area, where organizers form teams to camp out at a track or park overnight with the goal of having at least one team member circling the area at all times. “This is our premiere fundraising event,” says Ferraro. “[The event] symbolizes that cancer never sleeps and that we can’t rest in the fight against it.”

The Society is also looking for volunteers to participate in its next cancer prevention study, CPS-3. It’s a nationwide research study designed to better understand how lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors contribute to cause, or prevent, cancer. Visit www.Cancer.org to learn more about registering for local American Cancer Society events and the national study.

The American Cancer Society is determined to finish the fight against cancer, says Ferraro, and a $5,000 donation would go a long way in making that a reality. For more information on ways to donate your time or money, please visit www.Cancer.org

Vote to Give American Cancer Society a $5,000 Hand-Up
As a Colorado owned bank focused entirely on the Front Range, Citywide Banks shares a commitment to our local community with the American Cancer Society. Through our Charity Hand-Up Contest, we are proud to spotlight the great work and ongoing needs of Denver/Boulder nonprofits. Based on the results of a 14-day vote, the local community will determine how $7,500 is split among seven Colorado charities nominated by Citywide Banks employees. The charity receiving the most votes will receive $5,000 and the runner-up will receive $1,000. The remaining donation amounts will correspond to the voting results for each nominated charity. The voting public can also enter to win great prizes, including dinner for two at some of Denver’s top restaurants. Official prize drawing rules are available by clicking here. Full contest details are at www.CitywideBanks.com/charity/.

How to Cast Your Vote – June 1 -14, 2013
The contest is open to the general public within the Denver/Boulder community (non-customers welcome to participate; no purchase necessary). The easiest way to vote is online by clicking the “Charity Contest” tab on the Citywide Banks Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/citywidebanks. Users will need to “like” the bank’s Facebook page to cast a vote/entry online. Supporters may alternatively participate by casting a vote/entry in-person at one of Citywide Banks 12 Denver/Boulder branches. Just stop by any branch during regular business hours and complete an official contest ballot. As a reminder, supporters cannot vote through both online and branch methods. One vote/entry is permitted during the 14-day contest. After voting on Facebook, users may use sharing buttons to easily invite their Facebook friends to vote for their favorite charity.

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