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How Stories Of Hope Celebrate Life

Now 100 years old, the American Cancer Society is celebrating a century of transforming the disease from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable.

In 1954, bumper stickers launched a nationwide awareness campaign in support of the American Cancer Society. At the time only one out of three individuals diagnosed with the disease survived. Today, thanks in part to the work of the ACS two out of three survive.

In 1954, bumper stickers launched a nationwide awareness campaign in support of the American Cancer Society. At the time only one out of three individuals diagnosed with the disease survived. Today, thanks in part to the work of the ACS two out of three survive.

Molly Hurley believes there’s a reason for everything that happens – even when you’ve been diagnosed with cancer twice. “There’s been a lot of cancer in my family, both of my parents and grandmother had it, so growing up I always figured that at some point in my life I would have it too. I just thought I would be in my 80s at the time,” says Molly, a survivor of two different types of cancer at less than half that age.

“I did everything I could to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so I was stunned to learn I had stage three cancer. The course of treatment I had at Sloan Kettering was pretty debilitating; it really knocked me out and I have a deep appreciation for what was done to help me. I feel it’s my great privilege to be alive and on this planet, and that’s why I want to do whatever I can to help the American Cancer Society.”
 

Read the entire article in the March 2014 issue