American Association for Cancer Research


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 Cancer Research Saves Lives


The American Association for Cancer Research relies on people just like you to lend your time and talent to help us spread the word about the importance of cancer research and the mission of the AACR.



Volunteer Now!

Complete this form to become a volunteer.


There are many ways for you to help:   

  • Speaker Opportunities: Nothing connects people like a personal story or connection to a cause. If you are comfortable speaking to large and small groups and sharing your cancer connection with survivors, supporters, legislators and others we have opportunities for you to do so.  
  • Outreach Events: The American Association for Cancer Research is supported by the United Way, Combined Federal Campaign, SECC and other workplace giving campaigns. During campaign season, typically lasting from September through December, these organizations provide exhibit and speaking opportunities across the country for us to get the word out to donors, survivors and supporters. We need your assistance to staff exhibit tables at these health fairs and other events as well as for speaking opportunities.   
  • Researchers and Scientists: The AACR channels millions of dollars to cancer research efforts. Peer review committees provide critical science review of all applications to determine the most meritorious projects. All clinical and basic scientists with research experience are urged to contribute in a way in which only you are capable.
  • Clinical Trials and Community Programs: Educational programs seek to assist those affected by cancer. We can use your help to reach the children, adults, ethnic groups and patients who can benefit from information about the opportunities for clinical trials and other services.
  • Advocacy and Public Affairs: Our policy office, located in Washington, D.C., helps to maintain our reputation as a successful and credible global cancer research association. We need your help to mobilize volunteers to influence public policy decisions related to cancer research. A responsive, engaged and informed legislative network, are important and critical to our mission. With your help, we can make a difference at the local, state and national levels of public policy.
  • Development and Fundraising: Fundraising and events help secure the necessary funds to support our research and educational program activities. Examples of opportunities include organizing special events (walks, runs, dinners, galas and golf tournaments), solicitation of major gifts and recruiting other volunteers.



Nearly 50 AACR "Runners for Research" participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Philadelphia to help raise awareness of National Cancer Research Month and critical research funding.


If you would like to share your talents with the American Association for Cancer Research, please contact us with your interest at, complete this form, or you may also contact the director of National Volunteer Programs at 215-446-7121.



  • CR Podcasts - Listen to these AACR podcasts about people with cancer and news and progress in cancer research.
  • Cancer Today magazine -  Read the authoritative resource for cancer patients, survivors and their family members and friends.
  • Donor stories - Read these inspiring examples about some of our donors.
  • Facts About Cancer*
  • AACR Facts & Figures 2012*
  • Cancer Policy Monitor - Read AACR's monthly electronic newsletter about the federal policies that influence cancer research.
  • AACR-SU2C Clinical Trials Finder - Use this free and confidential cancer clinical trials matching and referral service offered by the AACR and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).
  • FirstGiving - This powerful website can help you raise awareness about your nonprofit fundraising efforts on behalf of cancer research.


For more information, contact:
Director of National Volunteer Programs


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Chef Paula DaSilva and Chef Friends Dean Max, Michael Bloise, Timon Balloo, Sean Brasel and Hedy Goldsmith Host Five-Course Dinner Benefitting the American Association for Cancer Research
Tuesday, May 17, 2011



AACR Volunteers Participate in 2012 Broad Street Run

Broad St. Run Volunteers 

The International Team from the Navy Supply Activity base in Northeast Philadelphia participated in the 2012 Broad Street Run, raising funds for the AACR.  In their first year fundraising as a team in this race, they successfully raised more than $1,500 for cancer research.