American Cancer Society celebrates 100 years

Posted: 4:28 PM, May 21, 2013
Updated: 2013-05-21 16:28:23-04

One hundred years ago, the word “cancer” was rarely spoken, it was taboo.  Silence and fear allowed cancer to thrive. But thanks to 15 determined physicians and business leaders who wanted to raise awareness of cancer back in 1913, the American Cancer Society has grown to become the world’s leader in the fight to end the disease. One-hundred years ago that small group decided to take action to save lives. Tomorrow, May 22nd, is the Society’s birthday. As they celebrate this milestone they want, in this next century, to eliminate cancer for good so we never lose another loved one to this disease.

To mark the special occasion Relay for Life events across the country will be holding a luminaria ceremonies today on the eve of the birthday. The luminaria ceremony will honor, remember and celebrate the lives that have been touched by cancer through the lighting of thousands of bags. All community members are invited to participate in the ceremonies to have a luminaria bag dedicated in honor or in memory of someone touched by cancer. The American Cancer Society needs all of our help to finish the fight.  To find a Relay for Life event near you, log onto