American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Announce Partnership

Karmanos Cancer Experts to be Featured on Monthly CANdid Podcast

April 8, 2021

LANSING, MI - April 8, 2021 - American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute are pleased to announce a new partnership. The organizations have aligned to provide information about cancer-related legislative actions taking place on the state and federal levels. Through this partnership, Karmanos guests will be featured monthly on the CANdid Connection podcast.

ACS CAN launched their CANdid Connection podcast in 2020. The podcast aims to give listeners legislative insights through interviews with state and federal lawmakers about issues impacting cancer patients and their families.

“The fight against cancer takes place on many fronts,” said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Karmanos Cancer Institute. “Action and shared information are imperative as we move forward with research and treatment. We are excited to work with ACS CAN to cover important topics in cancer and discuss the decision-making that affects our work.”

“ACS CAN is thrilled to partner with the largest provider of cancer care and research in Michigan,” said Andrew Schepers, ACS CAN government relations director. “Through this partnership, we hope that we can educate and gain more volunteers who are committed to reducing suffering and death from cancer.”

The CANdid Connection is a monthly podcast airing the second Monday of the month. Listen now by clicking here or visiting your preferred podcast platform.


About ACS CAN at 20 
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that saves lives. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting

About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Karmanos Cancer Institute is a leader in transformative cancer care, research and education through courage, commitment and compassion. Our vision is a world free of cancer. As part of McLaren Health Care, Karmanos is the largest provider of cancer care and research in the state of Michigan. For more than 75 years, our administrative and research headquarters, along with our premier specialty cancer hospital, have been located in downtown Detroit. Our 15 network sites throughout the state deliver market-leading cancer care and clinical trials conveniently to the communities where many of our patients live. Karmanos is recognized by the National Cancer Institute as one of the best cancer centers in the nation. Our academic partnership with the Wayne State University School of Medicine provides the framework for cancer research and education – defining new standards of care and improving survivorship. For more information, call 1-800-KARMANOS (800-527-6266) or visit Follow Karmanos on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and YouTube

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