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American Cancer Society Celebrates 100 Years

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Its research is working to fight cancer and save lives. Wednesday marked 100 years since the American Cancer Society was founded.

The celebration's theme was birthdays. Not only because the American Cancer Society is celebrating its birthday, but because supporters said the organization is trying to ensure those with cancer celebrate as many birthdays as they can.

Founded in 1913, the American Cancer Society has been working on treatment and prevention. Hospitals like Centennial's Sarah Cannon Cancer Center rely on the partnership with the organization.

The society-funded researchers have won dozens of Nobel Prizes and have been working to transform cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable.

"The mission is just as important as it was 100 years ago, probably even more so, we all have loved ones touched by cancer and I think we're so close to that cure," said Hope Lodge Director Sarah Burcher.

The festivities were held at the local Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge, where each year hundreds of patients and families from out of town stay while receiving treatment.

Just last year, the United States celebrated a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates.

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