American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

All proceeds from this year’s Big Heart Challenge will benefit the American Cancer Society with all funds allocated towards Community Transportation Grants and Cancer Screening.
Community Transportation Grants

It is estimated that there will be 133,730 residents in Texas diagnosed with cancer this year, and many of them will need our help to access the care they need. Patients who can’t find a ride often delay treatment or skip it all together. Community Transportation Grants are funds awarded to health systems to help cancer patients with transportation barriers get to and from cancer-related treatment appointments. Systems work with their patients to decide the best type of ride (gas card, rideshare, bus pass) for the patient.

Cancer Screening

To save lives, it’s imperative that we increase screening rates to find cancer early when it is often easier to treat.  The COVID-19 pandemic and other social determinates of health have created barriers to screening.

In 2020 as states announced stay-at-home orders and health systems prioritized combatting the pandemic, many medical providers halted non-essential care, including cancer screening and some treatments. In Spring 2020 screening tests for the following decreased:

  • Breast cancer by 87%
  • Lung cancer by 39%
  • Colon cancer by 90%.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that we may see 10,000 additional preventable cancer deaths due to COVID-related screening delays. Additionally, there are many complex structural and social factors that can impact a person’s ability to prevent, find, treat and survive cancer.  These include racism, poverty, geographical location, and access to care.

Fundraising benchmarks:

  • $1,000 Buys approximately 100 rides for cancer patients to and from cancer-related appointments.
  • $2,500 Helps provide training support to health systems to increase cancer-related screenings.
  • $5,000 Helps provide important cancer-related screening information on cancerorg.
  • $10,000 Funds the work to provide equitable access to breast cancer screenings.