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In 2021, the American Cancer Society worked to restore and reenergize the programs, resources, and events that are the foundation of who they are. From ensuring COVID-safe patient programs and events to making continued investments in cancer research and more, the Society has reemerged from recent challenges stronger than ever and remain even more committed to the fight against cancer.
The Society has resumed both their Road To Recovery® and Hope Lodge® programs in select markets in 2021 offering free rides and lodging to people facing cancer and their caregivers. In addition, a new Hope Lodge opened in Houston with many others receiving renovations. Cancer.org continues to be a vital resource for people impacted by cancer, and the 24/7 helpline makes sure there’s always someone available with answers and support.
On the discovery front, we have continued our investment in a cancer-free future with $395 million in research grants to find new ways to prevent, find, and treat cancer, as well as help improve the quality of life for people living with cancer. Our Diversity in Cancer Research Program welcomed new perspectives into the field to improve diversity and inclusion and ensure better outcomes for people with cancer.
Finally, the Society’s advocacy work through the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network℠ saw many wins in 2021. To date, ACS CAN protected critical Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program funding in 33 states and helped increased funding in 6 states, which provided access to breast and cervical cancer screenings to people who cannot afford them. We also saw the passage of the American Rescue Plan, which expanded access to health care coverage to more Americans, including cancer patients and survivors, who may have lost their insurance due to the pandemic.
As we kickoff 2022, we continue to rely on the strength and backing of supporters like you to help fund these programs at the American Cancer Society through the Night of Wine and Roses. We value your continued partnership and generous commitment to our mission, and we look forward to another year of standing with you in the fight.
For more than 100 years, The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s.