American Cancer Society Launches Major Brand Revitalization Effort to Help Broaden Consumer Understanding and Connections
ATLANTA, April 21, 2009 — The American Cancer Society is launching a major brand revitalization effort focused on helping people better connect with the organization and understand all it has to offer to defeat cancer. Although the American Cancer Society is the most highly recognized health charity brand in the world, Society-conducted research has shown that the public has little understanding about all the organization specifically does.
"We're proud that we have contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the cancer death rate since the 1990's. In recent years, nearly 100,000 more people are celebrating birthdays annually. Eleven million survivors in the U.S. will have a birthday this year and that's something to celebrate," said Elizabeth T.H. Fontham, M.P.H, Dr.P.H., national volunteer president, American Cancer Society. "But if we can help consumers understand all of the ways we save lives from cancer, we can do more. If we can help more people take steps to prevent cancer and detect it early, if we can increase the number of patients we serve, if we can accelerate our cancer research efforts and engage more advocates in the fight, we believe we can create a world with countless more birthdays."
"The Official Sponsor Of Birthdays" campaign asks its audience to imagine a world with more birthdays and highlights all of the ways the organization saves lives -- by helping people stay well through taking steps to prevent cancer or detect it early; helping people get well by guiding them through every step of the cancer experience; by finding cures through funding and conducting groundbreaking research; and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to do their part to defeat cancer and by rallying communities to join the fight.
In the midst of an economic recession, with charities facing declining contributions and increased demand for services, it has never been more critical for the American Cancer Society to connect with supporters so they know how their financial and volunteer contributions are making a difference. With demand for cancer support services running nearly 20 percent above levels of a year ago, making the connection is particularly vital for the Society as it heads into its key fundraising season. More than 5,000 American Cancer Society Relay For Life(R) events -- the organization's signature fundraising activity -- are slated to take place across the country this year, with many of them occurring this spring.