One Degree Campaign


We're all One Degree from cancer.

A family member. A friend. A child. We all know someone who has fought this disease, possibly even ourselves.

Cancer research saves lives, yet federal cancer research funding is dramatically lower than in 2003, adjusting for inflation.

The One Degree project is a massive public statement: we're all One Degree from cancer, and we're ready to end this disease.

Our task is big, and our ask is bold: By 2017, we want Congress to increase cancer research funding by $1 billion.

Prior to the launch of this campaign, federal cancer research funding was 26% lower than in 2003, adjusting for inflation.

Take Action

Photo of a woman participating in One Degree advocacy event

Sign the One Degree Petition

Share your One Degree — someone you know who's had cancer — and we'll assemble them all in a massive petition asking Congress to complete a $1 billion increase in cancer research funding.

Latest Updates

Cancer Candor Blog
March 24, 2018
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Three years ago, ACS CAN launched the One Degree campaign, calling on Congress to increase federal funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $6 billion, including $1 billion for cancer-specific research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It was a lofty goal – but an important one to reverse too many years of flat or reduced funding.

March 23, 2018

In 2015, ACS CAN launched the One Degree campaign and called on Congress to increase cancer research funding by $1 billion. Now, after three years of hard work by ACS CAN volunteers, that ambitious goal has been reached. Congress just passed the federal budget for the 2018 fiscal year and

December 12, 2016

Posted in the Dec. 12th edition of the Haddam Now. -- Earlier this year, the president announced his intentions to redouble the rate of progress to find new treatments and cures for cancer through a National Cancer Moonshot. As a cancer survivor, I have experienced a renewed hope that we

November 28, 2016

Janesville, Wisc. (Nov.21, 2016)— The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will drop off more than 7,000 petitions at the Janesville office of U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to give voice to the urgent need to pass the 21st Century Cures bill and the Cancer Moonshot.