Takeda announced that they will support the projected expansion of the American Cancer Society (ACS)'s Global Relay For Life (RFL) into an additional 20 countries by 2020. The RFL program is a global grassroots movement that unites communities across the globe to come together and honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and provide an opportunity to fight back through raising awareness, fundraising and advocating for policies that help save lives.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year and approximately eight million succumb to the disease. The burden of cancer is expected to grow significantly in the future, and will have a major impact on those in developing countries. To kick-off the global expansion initiative, training for a partner organization started in Uruguay, one of the newly added countries, in September 2016.
Members of the American Cancer Society, local partner organization staff, and volunteers participated in a two-day training program in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more.