“If I’m helping someone get well, then it’s helping
me heal, too.”

— Carol, Buffalo Grove


Get involved and make a difference

As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society doesn’t just dream about saving lives. We make it happen. How?  With the help and determination of dedicated people like you. Below are links to some of our opportunities. 


Help close to home

Drive patients to treatment, offer emotional support to newly diagnosed patients, share important prevention information with students, community groups, or co-workers, help out at a local office. Call 800.227.2345 to volunteer your time doing these or other activities with the American Cancer Society office nearest you.


Join an event and pay it forward

American Cancer Society events inspire hope and raise funds to support our lifesaving work. Whatever your age or inclination, we have a spot for you at walks like Relay For Life or Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, our unique Walk&Roll walk-bike-skate combo, or the more challenging 5K to full- or half-marathon distances of our DetermiNation program.


Raise your voice through advocacy

Cancer doesn’t belong to a political party. With our non-partisan advocacy affiliate, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), join us to help local, state and federal officials make decisions, pass laws and set policies that fight cancer and keep everyone healthy.


Design your own event

Take what you’re passionate about and create your own event to remember loved ones lost to cancer or mark milestones in your life. You’ll find details at TeamACS.