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American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 65,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.
National Outreach Partners
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCSS)
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors. NCCS believes in evidence-based advocacy for systemic changes at the federal level in how the nation researches, regulates, finances, and delivers quality cancer care. The organization coordinates Cancer Advocacy Now!, a legislative advocacy network involving constituents across the country in federal cancer-related issues. Patient education is also a priority for NCCS, since credible and accurate patient information—such as NCCS's award-winning Cancer Survival Toolbox®—is key to demanding and receiving quality cancer care. For more information about NCCS, its advocacy and patient education materials, please visit www.canceradvocacy.org or call 1.877.NCCS.YES.
YMCA of the USA
YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the nation's 2,663 YMCAs, which serve nearly 20.2 million people each year, including 9.4 million children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, health and well being for all, and family strengthening, YMCAs unite men, women, and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities, and income levels. From urban areas to small towns, YMCAs have proudly served America's communities for nearly 160 years by building healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
John Wayne Cancer Foundation
John Wayne beat lung cancer in 1964. He died 15 years later after a struggle with cancer of the stomach. During this difficult period, he became passionate about helping others fight this terrible disease. To honor his memory, his family created the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. Since its founding in 1985, JWCF has supported awareness programs, education programs and support groups, and is aligned with like-minded groups and non-profits that advance the fight against cancer. JWCF has also been committed to groundbreaking cancer research and education at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI).
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all, and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) unites people through programs and experiences to empower cancer survivors to live life on their own terms and to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. The LAF focuses on cancer prevention, access to screening and care, research, and quality of life for cancer survivors. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF has raised more than $204 million for the fight against cancer. Join 60 million LIVESTRONG wristband wearers and help make cancer a national priority. Unite and fight cancer at LIVESTRONG.org.
Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups
The Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups is a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to improving patient awareness of clinical trials, facilitating access, and promoting participation. Through innovative programs and services, the Coalition examines and confronts key issues impeding cancer research.
The Coalition was established in 1997 to address its members' shared goal of improving the clinical trials system. Today, the Coalition is comprised of members from the ten National Cancer Institute-sponsored Cooperative Groups, the country's leading patient advocacy organizations, and thousands of oncology and cancer research specialists. The Coalition also partners with healthcare organizations in both the public and private sectors. The organization receives funding via grants, sponsorships, member dues, and service contracts.
The Wellness Community
Founded in 1982 by Harold Benjamin, Ph.D., The Wellness Community (TWC) is the largest community-based psychosocial support program in the United States for people with cancer and their loved ones. At the center of The Wellness Community's program philosophy is Dr. Benjamin's Patient Active Concept™ (the result of peer-reviewed and evidence-based research) which states that the more a patient actively engages in his or her own treatment and fights for recovery in partnership with his or her healthcare team, the more likely there will be an improvement in quality of life and a better possibility of recovery. The Wellness Community uses The Patient Active Concept™ as the foundation of its free programs and services