While we all love to gather for our Cattle Baron’s Ball, the American Cancer Society’s top priority remains the health and safety of our volunteers, staff, and the cancer patients and their loved ones who rely on us. Therefore, the staff and committee members of both Cattle Baron’s Ball of Little Rock and Cattle Baron’s Ball of Northeast Arkansas have made the decision not to hold a face to face event for 2020.
On October 16th, we will virtually gather to watch our Statewide Cattle Baron’s Arkansas Digital Event!
We are grateful for all the dedication of our volunteers and appreciate the sacrifices they make to support our events. These events will be back. The COVID-19 situation remains uncertain and fluid and our goal is to respond in a way that best meets the health and safety needs of those who rely on us.
With your support, the American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.
Thank you to our Saddle Up Donors
Nice-Pack, First Security Bank, First Community Bank, Cavenders, Ritter Communications, Simmons Bank, Northeast Arkansas Board of Realtors, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, and Simmons Bank
An estimated 17,200 people in Arkansas will learn they have cancer this year. But, this year, more people than ever will also survive cancer and fewer will hear the words “you have cancer.” Our vision is a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer. From research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery, we provide support to everyone impacted by cancer. Together with millions of supporters, we empower communities worldwide to join us.
Awarded $32,000 to Arkansas health systems to help overcome transportation barriers. Each system will determine how to best utilize the funds to address the unmet transportation needs of their cancer patients.
Cancer information specialists are here to help day and night at 800-227-2345, including assistance with navigating health insurance systems. We’re continually updating our website, cancer.org, with information to help people tackle the complexity of cancer.
Lifesaving research continues through 749 active research grants nationwide, totaling more than $420 million.
Our My Journey program, powered by Pack Health, supports wellness by providing cancer patients support through one-on-one health coaching and navigation. To enroll, visit packhealth.com/acs or call 855-255-2362.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network advocates at every level of government to help cancer fighters access the medical care that could save their life.
Our Reach To Recovery one-on-one support program links new breast cancer patients with survivors who have had a similar diagnosis and treatment plan.
A wig certificate for up to $70 towards a wig from our “tlc” catalog is available to Arkansas patients through our local health system partners.
We have employees who are partnering with health care facilities across Arkansas to encourage cancer screenings and health education.
The global pandemic of COVID-19 continues to have a serious impact on many people, including cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. Some cancer patients might be at increased risk of serious illness from an infection because their immune systems can be weakened by cancer and its treatments.
The fact is that cancer does not stop and neither do we. We cannot let the effects of COVID-19 allow cancer to gain ground. Here are just a few examples of how COVID-19 has affected the fight against cancer.
CANCER RESEARCH FUNDING CRISIS
For the first time in our history, the American Cancer Society research budget is in jeopardy. Deep cuts in our research funding could mean a generation of cancer research lost. A lack of available funding could deter young investigators with big ideas from the cancer research field. For cancer patients, this may dramatically alter the availability of lifesaving treatments.
WHAT ELSE IS AT RISK?
Better understanding health disparities and how to eliminate them. This year the American Cancer Society is slated to fund almost 60 health equity research grants. We can’t stop now. In fact, we need to do more. We are fighting for a future where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to survive cancer.
At the start of the pandemic, elective medical procedures, including cancer screening, were largely put on hold to conserve medical resources and reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare settings. Screening can save lives, so it’s important to be back on track with cancer screenings and keep them as a priority.
“Amid the uncertainty that surrounds the nation right now, one thing that remains
constant is that the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society
Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) are focused on the health and safety of our
patients, volunteers, and staff.”
Gary Reedy – CEO