Mothers of the Year Award Luncheon 2020
Thank you for your interest in the Mothers of the Year Award Luncheon and supporting the American Cancer Society in our mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives and Lead the Fight in a World Without Cancer. As a scientific evidence-based organization, we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 and our #1 priority is the health and well-being of our volunteers, staff, guests and especially those with compromised immune systems and currently battling cancer. After much consideration by senior leadership at the American Cancer Society, our Co-Chairs and honorees, we have decided to postpone the event to the fall, and will follow up once the exact date is confirmed.
Cancer does not stop and neither do we in the fight to find a cure. Those affected by cancer are counting on us regardless of the circumstances. It is for that reason, we are committed to continuing our mission by rerouting quickly to keep raising funds for research and mission priorities for those who need it the most: our patients, caregivers, families, and volunteers.
Please continue to check back for more updates and we hope you can join us in the fall!
The American Cancer Society's Response to COVID-19
Despite COVID-19, we are continuing our lifesaving mission throughout the nation. We know that while the world responds to COVID-19, patients continue to be diagnosed with and must be treated for cancer every day. We’ve taken proactive measures to ensure we can continue to provide access to care for the patients we serve with minimal or no interruption, while resolutely protecting the health of patients and caregivers and our staff and volunteers.
The American Cancer Society knows cancer patients are at higher risks of serious illness from infections because their immune systems are often weakened by cancer and its treatments. While we are learning more and more each day about the COVID-19 outbreak, we know the risk of infections -- in general -- for cancer patients. (https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/physical-side-effects/low-blood-counts/infections.html)
We are continually evaluating all processes and procedures and have made some operational changes to reduce risk of COVID-19 for our patients. Examples of new measures taking effect are:
Other Patient Programs
Volunteers with direct interaction with patients are withheld from activities if they have been sick during the last month.
Patient support via Reach To Recovery phone visits continue for breast cancer patients
We have enhanced our ability to provide wigs while limiting social interaction through implementing a coupon and mail ordering program.
Patient navigators are working with their managers and health systems on an appropriate course of action based on their geography, keeping health and safety first and foremost.
All extramural grants remain in effect and we continue to communicate closely with our grantees to support their work, in collaboration with and adherence to the safety measures at our leading research partner institutions.
268 Research Grants are currently in effect representing an investment of $143 million; $22 million Research Pay-If Grants
Rest assured that during this time we continue to passionately focus on our unique mission, while monitoring and adapting to this evolving national challenge. Your partnership, generosity, and belief in the work of the American Cancer Society is what allows us to continue to respond to the needs of the people in our communities that are fighting cancer every day.
Updates as of Monday, March 23 2020 at 11:00am.