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American Cancer Society & NFDA






How We Are Working Together

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and the American Cancer Society have been working together since 2004 to help families coping with the loss of someone to cancer and to increase public awareness about cancer prevention and early detection. NFDA is committed to making a difference in the fight against a disease that affects millions of Americans. Through this collaboration, members receive benefits that will help them and the families they serve cope with loss. There are also opportunities to get involved and join the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer.

Collaboration Benefits

  • Funeral directors can access a variety of free materials designed to empower those coping with the loss of a friend or loved one to cancer to fight back against the disease.
  • Free materials are also available to help funeral directors care for themselves with the same attention they show those they serve.
  • Funeral directors can find resources, programs, and services in their community and obtain free cancer-related information anytime, day or night, by calling the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or visiting

How You Can Help

As a leader in the communities in which you serve, you can be a champion in the fight against cancer, raising awareness of the disease, helping educate others on ways to stay well and raising lifesaving funds to benefit their community.

  • Be an advocate in the fight. You don't have to be a lobbyist to call on lawmakers – just passionate about a world with less cancer and more birthdays. The American Cancer Society makes it easy for you to email, phone, or even visit your legislators.
  • Get your family and staff involved. Your family and funeral home staff can help in the fight against cancer, too! They can help by participating in fundraising walks to help save lives from breast cancer, by working to host cancer-awareness events, educating others on ways to live healthy and reduce cancer risk, and by working with lawmakers to be a moving force behind policy change to create a world where cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.
  • Help others stay well. You can partner with the American Cancer Society to educate others on ways to reduce their cancer risk and help improve the lives of those facing the disease, as well as help enlist volunteers for lifesaving cancer research studies.
  • Help raise lifesaving funds. Helping save lives from cancer can be as simple as participating in a Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or DetermiNation event and encouraging others to get involved as well.

The American Cancer Society's Memorial Gift Program

Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society make a difference in the fight against cancer by helping people stay well, by preventing cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage; by helping people get well by being there for them around the clock during every step of their cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking research that helps us better understand, prevent, and cure cancer; and by fighting back by working with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

The memorial gift program enables individuals and families to give tribute to friends and loved ones lost to cancer. An acknowledgement card is sent to the family of the deceased, and gifts made in support of the Society's lifesaving efforts to fight cancer can help turn memories into hope for others.

Gifts can be made in three simple ways:

  1. Call the American Cancer Society toll-free at 1-800-227-2345.
  2. Log on to our web site at and click the "Donate" button at the top of the screen to make a secure, online donation.
  3. Contact your local American Cancer Society office.

Special memorial gift envelopes are also available to funeral directors. You can make these envelopes available to families that wish for memorial contributions to be made to the American Cancer Society in their loved one's name. Envelopes can be ordered at no cost by filling out an order form or calling the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.

Facts about the American Cancer Society

  • The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. We deliver on this mission by working with our millions of supporters to help save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.
  • The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As the nation's largest non-governmental, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do about it.
  • With more than 3 million volunteers and a presence in more than 5,200 communities across the country, the American Cancer Society touches lives every day in every community.

Free Materials

Through our partnership, the American Cancer Society provides you with valuable resources that will help you better serve those coping with the death of a friend or loved one from cancer.

  • Coping with Loss: This brochure addresses the grieving process families go through after losing a loved one and offers resources, information, and suggestions on how to get through this difficult time.
  • Honoring Your Loved One's Memory: This brochure helps families make educated decisions about remembering their loved ones with a meaningful, lasting tribute.
  • It Starts with You: This brochure is designed to provide you with important cancer prevention information that can help you care for yourself with the same attention you show those you serve.

These informational pieces can be ordered at no cost by filling out an order form or calling the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.