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American Cancer Society

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: 17060 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Phone: 708.633.7770
Fax: 708.633.7773
TDD Phone: 866.228.4327
Toll Free Phone: 800.ACS.2345
  Agency Contact Information:
Address: 2509 South Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217.356.9076
Fax: 217.356.7721
  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Active For Life
Description: Active For Life is a flexible 10-week program that encourages people to be more active on a regular basis and is based at the work place. The program encourages people to set their own goals based on how active they are, and how active they want to be. The program requires support of management and staff. Each Active For Life participant is a member of a team led by a team captain who provides support to help members reach their goals. Throughout the 10-week program, activities and workshops help inform and motivate participants.

Service/program name: Cancer Survivors Network
Description: The Cancer Survivors Network "is a community created by and for survivors and caregivers as an outlet to cope with the challenges and spectrum of emotions that living with cancer can bring." It is accessible through the internet at or via the toll-free number 1.877.333.4673 (HOPE). Read/hear personal stories told by survivors and caregivers, living with late-and long-term effects, facing fears of recurrence, family relationships, and what to do when someone you love has cancer.

Service/program name: Generation Fit
Description: Generation Fit gives youth the opportunity to "strengthen community actions skills such as planning, advocacy, and communications and participate in projects that can increase physical activity and healthy eating among their friends and family, and in their schools and communities." "The projects take about six to eight 30 minute sessions to complete, but they can be easily adapted to fit the needs and abilities of the group."

Service/program name: Look Good...Feel Better
Description: Volunteer cosmetologists (all certified professionals) teach women undergoing cancer treatment "how to enhance their appearance using make-up techniques. Each woman learns to perform her own make-over using complimentary cosmetics and skin care products donated for use by the cosmetic industry for use during the program and later at home.

Service/program name: Man To Man
Description: The ACS's Prostate Cancer Education and Support Program helps men and their families cope with prostate cancer. Participation in the program provides information and peer support to assist in the recovery process. No medical advice is offered. The service provides personal 1-on-1 visits and telephone support, Man To Man Newsletter, and a world wide web sub-site.

Service/program name: Reach To Recovery
Description: Reach To Recovery uses carefully selected and trained volunteers who have fully adjusted to their breast cancer surgery and treatment. A patient and volunteer may meet face to face or by telephone. Volunteers are able to provide support and up-to-date information, including literature for loved ones and friends. "They can even provide a temporary breast form and information on types of permanent prostheses, when appropriate.

Service/program name: Tell A Friend
Description: Tell A Friend is a program designed to get women 40 or older to have regular mammograms. Trained volunteers identify women they know who may need a mammogram and provide them with information and assistance to get one. The pilot study resulted in a 40% relative increase in mammography usage by women participating in the program.

Service/program name: Relay For Life
Description: Relay For Life is a team event to fight cancer. Teams form from businesses, social groups,schools, and families to raise money for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services. It is a funfilled overnight event which celebrates survivors and honors those who are battling cancer and those who have lost their lives to cancer during the Luminaria ceremony.
Ages Served: All ages
  General Information:
Description: The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Agency Type: Non-profit
Territory/Geographical area: National
Languages spoken: English; translation services available through toll-free ph. # 1.800.ACS.2345

A Pledge for Life Partnership Initiative
1 Stuart Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901