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Matching customer donations one for one
Ace American Industries made a donation of $2,682.76 to the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition. On hand to accept the donation was House Representative and Coalition Board Member Tautasi Archie Soliai (L) and Coalition Vice Chair Rochelle Reid (second from left). Presenting the donation was Ace Operations Manager Nadine Taufa’asau, along with Floor Manager Teni Ma’ae and other Ace employees. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition yesterday morning was the recipient of a donation of $2,682.76, given to them by Ace American Industries in Malaeimi.

Presenting the check was Ace Operations Manager Nadine Taufa’asau who said, “The presentation that we are making this morning, we are very happy with, in that we are partnered with the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition for the third year now.”

 “Basically our project was an invitation to the customers... if they would like to make a donation towards the coalition, Ace would then match that donation dollar for dollar. We are just very humbled by the community support for our project.”

“This is our third year donating to the coalition, and we feel it is very important to give back to the community. The Cancer Coalition is doing tremendous things for the families and patients who have been affected by this disease. For our employees, we each know someone who has been personally affected by this disease and to have organizations such as the Cancer Coalition trying to bring awareness and aid…  we are very happy to support this,” she said.

On hand from the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition to accept the donation were House Representative and Board Member of the Coalition, Tautasi Archie Soliai and Vice Chairman of the Coalition Rochelle Reid, who both expressed their gratitude to Ace.

On display was also a box of “Angels” that represented all of the customers who generously donated during the month of December for the project.

According to the American Cancer Society website, www.cancer.org Annual Report, newly published statistics from the American Cancer Society show that cancer death rates in the United States continue to decrease, with lung, colon, breast and prostate cancer responsible for the most cancer deaths. However, there has been an increase in the past decade of people developing some less common cancers, including pancreas, liver, thyroid and kidney cancer.

It went on to say that a total of 1,638,910 new cancer cases and 577,190 deaths from cancer are projected to occur in the United States in 2012. Between 1990/1991 and 2008, the most recent year for which stats are available, overall death rates decreased by about 23% in men and 15% in women. This translates to more than one million deaths from cancer that have been avoided.


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