2019 Advocacy Accomplishments


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Dear Friends,

2019 was an exceptional year in our fight against cancer, and one that brought us closer to fulfilling our vision of a world without cancer.

Lisa LacasseThe American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) advocated fiercely and relentlessly at each level of government to move our mission forward. We demanded that policymakers make cancer a national priority. We resisted attempts to weaken laws proven to help prevent death and suffering caused by cancer. We fought to preserve fundamental patient protections, and focused discussions on what it means to have access to affordable, quality heath care. We established new partnerships in our work to achieve health equity for all communities.

Most importantly, we elevated the voices of cancer patients and survivors to ensure they were heard, loudly and clearly, in the halls of Congress, in state capitols and in communities nationwide.

Changing the reality of cancer requires a bold agenda, a forward-thinking strategy and unwavering determination to surmount any and all challenges. I am immensely honored to lead an organization that is uniquely able to influence public policy and drive impact that benefits the millions of Americans whose lives have been touched by cancer. I hope you’ll join us as we relentlessly pursue a world without cancer. 

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Lisa A. Lacasse,
MBA President, ACS CAN

Learn more about Lisa Lacasse and the ACS CAN Board of Directors.

ACS CAN lost one of our beloved employees and fierce cancer advocates, David Woodmansee, to cancer in September 2019. Known by colleagues as ACS CAN’s Mayor, Dave’s career began in Connecticut, where he developed his love for government relations and advocacy.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change, as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden.

See how ACS CAN drove significant mission impact throughout 2019, from helping to secure billions of dollars in federal funding for medical research, to protecting patient access to lifesaving therapies, to activating our nationwide network of grassroots volunteers to engage with their elected officials.

Cancer Votes

Through Cancer Votes, ACS CAN’s nationwide candidate and voter education campaign, volunteers across the country work to inform the public by talking to candidates of all political parties about cancer issues.