NYSUT and the American Cancer Society

NYSUT is a flagship sponsor for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. For more information about NYSUT's long relationship with the American Cancer Society, please view this video by NYSUT VP Catalina Fortino.

American Cancer Society and NYSUT – a history of our partnership

Since 2002, the American Cancer Society has been honored to have the New York State United Teachers as a New York State Flagship sponsor for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and to partner with them on cancer screening education to the uninsured population, educating students and parents on cancer prevention, and volunteering to support the newly diagnosed. The American Cancer Society is grateful to NYSUT leadership and members for supporting this growth. Some highlights of the partnership:

  • Flagship sponsor and National Team Partner for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in New York State
    • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s signature event to finish the fight against breast cancer. Each October, teams of walkers take to the streets to walk to end this disease. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society’s mission against breast cancer through research, education, advocacy and services for patients. To find a walk site near you, visit MakingStridesWalk.org.
    • Serve as members of both our Division and local Boards of Advisors
    • Pilot project to educate underserved areas with information on screenings and how to lessen cancer risks.
    • Relay For Life partner
      • The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community. Each year, Relay For Life events unite thousands of communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Rallying the passion of more than four million people around the world, funds raised through the events enable the Society to help people facing the disease today, educate people about how to reduce their risk for cancer or detect it early when it’s the easiest to treat, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.
      • Find your Relay event at MakingStridesWalk.org/NYSUT

NYSUT donations making a difference

We have programs and services in your community to help people with cancer and their families. Our programs offer information, day-to-day help, and emotional support. To learn more about these programs, contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at cancer.org or 1-800-227-2345.

Information 1-800-227-2345 Trained cancer information specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions about cancer, including information on diagnosis and treatment, and to link callers with resources in their communities and nationwide.

cancer.org This user-friendly site provides in-depth information on every major type of cancer, as well as an email service to help answer your questions.Go to cancer.org

Clinical Trials Matching Service The American Cancer Society Clinical Trials Matching Service is a free, confidential program that helps patients, their families, and health care workers find cancer clinical trials most appropriate to a patient’s medical and personal situation. Call 1-800-303-5691 to speak to one of our specialists.

Transportation The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery® program provides free rides to cancer patients to and from treatments. Trained volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their personal vehicles to help patients get to the treatments they need. Other transportation resources may also be available in your area.

 Lodging The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® program provides free overnight lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers who have to travel away from home for treatment. We also partner with local hotels across the country to provide free or reduced-rate rooms for cancer patients and their caregivers traveling for treatment.

Guidance Through Your Cancer Experience The American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program and cancer resource centers can help guide patients and families through their cancer experience. They can provide information and connect you with day-to-day help and emotional support.

Look Good Feel Better® workshops help women with cancer manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Trained volunteer beauty professionals teach simple techniques on skin care, makeup, and nail care, and give practical tips on hair loss, wigs, and head coverings. Each registered program participant receives a complimentary beauty kit to use during the workshop and to take home. The program is a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association. Breast Cancer Support

The American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery® program matches trained volunteer breast cancer survivors to people facing or living with breast cancer. Our volunteers give cancer patients and their family members the opportunity to ask questions, talk about their fears and concerns, and express their feelings. Our Reach To Recovery volunteers have been there, and they offer understanding, support, and hope.

Online Support The American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network® is a free online community created by and for people living with cancer and their families. You can get and give support, connect with others, find resources, and tell your own story through personal expressions like music and art. Visit csn.cancer.org to access this resource.

American Cancer Society I Can Cope® online cancer education classes are a quick and easy way to get the answers you need to help you or a loved one during and after cancer treatment. Classes are free and can be accessed at cancer.org/icancope anytime, day or night. The availability of American Cancer Society programs and services are based on community resources and needs. Some programs and services may not be available in your community. To learn more about these programs, contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at cancer.org or 1-800-227-2345.

Advocacy American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network ACS CAN is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority. Many of the most important decisions about cancer are made outside of your doctor’s office. Instead, they are made by your state legislature, in Congress and in the White House. ACS CAN empowers regular people to be part of the growing national movement that is fighting back against cancer.

Over the past legislative session we:

  • Strongly supported continued funding for the New York’s Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancer screening program. This program (CSP) provides cancer screening tests to low income New Yorkers, who do not have health insurance or have health insurance that does not cover the screening test. 
  • Strongly supported Tobacco Prevention and Cessation funding. This program includes educational outreach and cessation efforts, particularly to those who live in poverty.
  • Strongly supported including electronic smoking devices being included under current New York smoke-free laws.  Preventing youth from smoking is a priority for us.  According to the CDC the use of e-cigarettes among middle school and high school students more than tripled.
  • Strongly supported nutrition and fighting obesity by advocating for $15 Million in funding for the Healthy Food and Healthy Communities Fund, a program to increase access to healthy foods in underserved communities across the state.