ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer 


Since its inception, the Mothers of the Year Award Luncheon has raised more than $5 million and has convened inspiring women who are invested in the health of their communities and the future of women’s roles in scientific breakthroughs and cancer research. New this year, the American Cancer Society will restrict mission funds raised at the Mothers of the Year Award Luncheon to benefit the ResearcHERS program, which helps sustain women-led cancer research, launch new careers, and inspire a new generation of young women considering a future in science.

What is ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer™?

ResearcHERS is a movement that shines a light on the incredible discoveries made by women and empowers women leaders to support the American Cancer Society’s national research program, which funds some of the brightest female minds in cancer research. Simply put it is fundraising by women, to support women-led research.

What proportion of the American Cancer Society’s research grants currently go to women-led research?

The American Cancer Society is proud to be a top supporter of women in cancer research. Currently half of ACS’s grantees are women, most of them early in their careers.

How much does the American Cancer Society invest in research?

As of August 2018, we are funding 746 active research grants valued at more than $410 million – some related to specific cancers, and some to all cancers comprehensively. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the American Cancer Society has invested more than $4.8 billion in research since 1946 – more than any other private, nonprofit organization in the US. To learn more about our cancer research work, visit