Cancers youngest patients, survivors, their families, and the community came out to Eastmark Great Park in Mesa to operate heavy machinery at the American Cancer Society's inaugural Big Dig. For just a few hours, they got to be kids and forget about cancer. It was an inspiring event that hosted over 1,000 people and raised nearly $150,000 for the American Cancer Society!
The Big Dig gives local Phoenix children, including those with cancer, the opportunity to attend and operate heavy machinery, including back-hoes, diggers, excavators and much more.
Sponsors and ticketholders will be “hard hats” for the day operating heavy construction equipment in the beautiful Arizona desert in a festive fair-like atmosphere. More than 1200 big and little construction wanna-be’s are expected to attend this unique fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society is working to finish the fight against every cancer in every community. We are the largest private, not-for-profit funder of cancer research in the United States, investing more than $4 billion since 1946. Thanks in part to our contributions, more than 1.5 million lives have been saved in the US in the past two decades. Now, that is a reason to celebrate, so please join us.
As of August 1, 2016, the Society is currently supporting 38 active, multi-year research grants, for a total of more than $20 million, specific to childhood cancer. In addition, we are currently funding 235 grants totaling nearly $90 million dollars in research that has implications for all cancers, including childhood cancers. At the Big Dig, we are helping children with cancer and their families forget about their diagnosis for a little while, have fun, and just be kids.
We hope to see you there!
For more information on how you can get involved next year, please contact Sarah Philippe at 602-952-7509 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more than a 100 years, The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s. Join us to help finish the fight.
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