Making a Difference to Help Save Lives from Cancer

Cancer hasn’t stopped. So neither have we. 

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The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly two million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle.

Here are just a few examples of how the American Cancer Society worked toward achieving our mission in Virginia.

Finding Cancer’s Causes and Cures

  • As of  February 2021, the American Cancer Society is currently funding cancer research grants totaling more than $8.5 million in the state of Virginia
  • Here are the current researchers the American Cancer Society is funding in the state of Virginia

Luke Wilkins, MD
University of Virginia
Preclinical Transarterial Embolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Roger Abounader, MD, PhD
University of Virginia
Institutional Research Grant

David Gerwitz, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Institutional Research Grant

Yue Sun, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
A Novel Phosphoinositide-regulated Signaling Nexus in Tumor Suppression

Andrew Dudley, PhD
University of Virginia
How are Endothelial Cells Converted
to Tumor-Supportive Myofibroblasts?

Vanessa Sheppard, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Improving Communication and Adherence in Black Breast Cancer Survivors

Tracey Krupski, MD, MPH
University of Virginia
Tele-cystoscopy: Widening Access to
Bladder Cancer Surveillance

Renfeng Li, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Caspase Modulation of the m6A RNA-modification Pathway in EBV Replication

Roger Anderson, PhD
University of Virginia
Effects of Mammography Center
Policy and Practice on Uptake and

Anthony Faber, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Novel Targeted Therapy Combinations
for Fatal Pediatric Cancers

Virginia LeBaron, PhD
University of Virginia
Using mHealth to Support Patients
and Caregivers in Managing
Cancer Pain

Crystal Chu, BSN
University of Virginia
The Use of a Decision Aid for Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

Michael E. Engel, MD, PhD
University of Virginia
Role of the FGI1-LSD1 Repressor Complex in T-AL/L

Helping Cancer Patients Access Care

  • Provided more than 6,000 rides to treatment and other cancer-related appointments in Virginia through our Road to Recovery program
  • Provided more than 4,350 free nights at our Hope Lodge communities, and more than 700 free or reduced nights with our hotel partners in Virginia, saving more than $750,000
  • Our patient navigators helped guide more than 650 newly diagnosed, underserved cancer patients to overcome barriers to care

Supporting Cancer Survivors

  • Helped more than 800 women manage appearance-related side effects of treatment
  • Provided more than 1,500 special kits of tailored information and resources for newly diagnosed patients
  • Provided more than 450 wigs to cancer patients

Offering Information and Education

  • Our website,, had more than 1,576,800 visits from residents in Virginia and provided the latest, most accurate information on virtually all topics related to cancer
  • Our 24/7/365 helpline handled more than 7,000 calls and live chats from residents in Virginia seeking support, information, and resources