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American Cancer Society
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President:Vincent T. DeVita Jr.
Vice-president:Tim E. Byers
Chairman:Gary M. Reedy
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American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.[1]


The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 as the American Society for the Control of Cancer (ASCC) by 15 prominent physicians and business leaders in New York City.[2]

In 1936, Marjorie G. Illig, an ASCC field representative and chair of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Committee on Public Health, suggested the creation of a legion of volunteers whose sole purpose was to wage war on cancer. The organization was later re-named the Women’s Field Army.[2] In 1935, there were 15,000 people active in cancer control throughout the United States. At the close of 1938, there were 10 times that number.[2]

In 1945, the ASCC was reorganized as the American Cancer Society.[2] In 1946, philanthropist Mary Lasker and her colleagues raised more than $4 million for the Society - $1 million of which was used to establish and fund the Society’s groundbreaking research program.[2] In 1947, the organization also began its cancer signals campaign, a public education effort about the signs and symptoms of cancer.[2]

In the 1960s and 70s, the American Cancer Society began to expand its reach as an organization, working even more than in the past to involve all sectors in its efforts to fight back against the disease.[2]

In recent history, the American Cancer Society is a global leader in the fight against cancer, with $1 billion in resources annually to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against the disease.[2]


The organization is governed by a single Board of Directors, which is made up of volunteers from the medical and lay communities.[3]


  • Chair of the Board: Gary M. Reedy
  • President: Vincent T. DeVita Jr., MD
  • Chair-elect: Pamela K. Meyerhoffer, FAHP
  • President-elect: Tim E. Byers, MD, MPH
  • Vice Chair: Robert E. Youle
  • First Vice President: Douglas K. Kelsey, MD, PhD, FAAP
  • Second Vice President:Enrique Hernandez, MD
  • Treasurer: Daniel P. Heist, CPA
  • Secretary: Robert R. Kugler, Esq.
  • Immediate Past Chair:Cynthia M. LeBlanc, EdD
  • Immediate Past President:W. Phil Evans, MD, FACR

2012 elections

According to, American Cancer Society spent $43,861 in the 2012 election cycle.[4]

Endorsed candidates

In the 2012 election cycle, the American Cancer Society supported the following candidates:[5]


Top 5 largest American Cancer Society expenditures in 2012[5]
Candidate Party State Office For Against Total Desired Result
Barack Obama Democratic Party N/A President $12,650 $0 $12,650
David Dewhurst Republican Party TX Senate $5,000 $0 $5,000
Elizabeth Warren Democratic Party MA Senate $5,000 $0 $5,000
Maggie Brooks Republican Party NY House $2,500 $0 $2,500
Scottie Mayfield Republican Party TN House $2,500 $0 $2,500

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