The ASCO Cancer Foundation Relaunches as Conquer Cancer Foundation

For Immediate Release
February 14, 2011
Contact: 

Amanda Narod
amanda.narod@asco.org
571-483-4364

-- Mission to Support Breakthrough Cancer Research and Share Expert Information--

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today marks the official launch of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the premier philanthropic organization working to ensure all people have access to high-quality cancer care. Formerly known as The ASCO Cancer Foundation, the Conquer Cancer Foundation is dedicated to creating a world free from the fear of cancer. Working in close collaboration with a global network of top scientists and clinical researchers, as well as leading advocacy and research organizations, the Foundation draws on the passion and expertise of the nearly 30,000 oncology professionals who are members of ASCO, the Foundation’s affiliate organization.

“We are excited to introduce the world to the Conquer Cancer Foundation,” said Martin J. Murphy, Jr., PhD, DMedSc, Chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Foundation is supporting groundbreaking work wherever a difference can be made – wherever physicians and researchers exchange ideas, and whenever patients and families need answers.”

The Conquer Cancer Foundation supports initiatives spearheaded by the Foundation itself, by ASCO, and by program partners that stand among the most passionate, respected organizations working today in the global campaign against cancer. The Foundation funds clinical and translational research in virtually every type of cancer and at every point in which cancer touches people’s lives. From prevention to diagnosis and from treatment to survivorship, the Foundation is constantly identifying new opportunities to improve the lives of people living with cancer.

“Cancer has a profound impact on every life that it touches,” said Nancy R. Daly, MS, MPH, Executive Director of the Conquer Cancer Foundation. “However, progress against cancer has created a new reality for people living with cancer. More and more people are surviving this disease every day. At the Conquer Cancer Foundation, we’re striving to create a world in which a cancer diagnosis is just one line in the stories of our lives.”

The Conquer Cancer Foundation believes that the best cancer care begins with the best cancer information. The Foundation helps to support the operation of Cancer.Net, the award-winning patient information website of ASCO. Cancer.Net provides up-to-the-minute, physician-approved information directly into patients’ homes and practitioners’ offices, with comprehensive information on more than 120 cancer types and all aspects of cancer and cancer care.

Over the course of its existence, the Foundation’s Grants and Awards Program has contributed nearly $70 million to fund more than 800 researchers in 14 countries, contributing to progress against cancer globally. By supporting the brightest minds in cancer research, the Foundation is building a pipeline of talent that will enrich cancer care and research for years to come and make a lasting difference in the lives of patients and their families.

To learn more about the programs supported by the Foundation, apply for grants and awards, or learn how you can make a gift, visit the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s new, easy-to-navigate website, ConquerCancerFoundation.org.