Making Strides Through Advocacy



In two short years of partnership, Making Strides and the American Cancer Society's advocacy staff and volunteers have helped thousands, making their voices heard in our nation's capital and in Tallahassee.  With the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN) these powerful voices are urging Congress to ensure that every woman has access to lifesaving cancer screening and treatment.

What is ACS CAN?
The American  Cancer Society Cancer Action Networksm (ACS CAN) is the sister advocacy organization of the American Cancer Society aimed at eliminating cancer through voter education and issue campaigns.  ACS CAN is leading a nationwide grassroots army that is putting a face on cancer and you are an important part of its success.  ACS CAN is still a relatively new organization, but together, with Making Strides volunteers throughout the country, we are having a huge impact on elected officials who make decisions on important health issues nearly every day.    

We Saved Mammograms
Last year, thousands of Making Strides volunteers just like you took action through ACS CAN to defeat a U.S. Senate bill that would have eliminated existing laws in 49 states that require insurance companies to cover mammograms. More than 10,000 Making Strides volunteers took action against this bill in one day.  We showed Congress that we would not sit back and let the Senate overturn important insurance coverage for cancer screenings.  Together, WE SAVED MAMMOGRAMS.

We Can Change the Odds
Saving mammograms was a huge victory, but the battle is not over. ACS CAN and volunteers nationwide are also working to secure more funding for cancer research and the lifesaving National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program which provides cancer screenings and treatment to uninsured and underinsured women nationwide. 

To make your voice heard and to urge Congress to ensure that all women have access to lifesaving cancer screening and treatment, please visit 2007 MSABC Icon (15pxl)