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Cancer Coalition continues to support local needs

reporters@samoanews.com

Established in 2005, the American Samoa Cancer Coalition is a non-profit organization meant to provide support, guidance, education and awareness, as well as monetary aid to those who have been diagnosed with cancer.

While the main goal of the group is to eliminate cancer in the Territory, its short term objectives include fundraising to provide financial stipends to local cancer patients.

Since the stipend program began, at least 55 stipends have been distributed to local cancer patients.

The Coalition relies on donations to fulfill these monetary gifts and does not use grant funds to do so. All donations are tax deductible and stipend recipients are encouraged to 'give back' to our community by providing their 'cancer story' for the Coalition website to help others understand cancer and the burdens it places on patients, family, friends, and our community as a whole.

The latest in a long line of those who’ve been helped by the Coalition is Ms. Taupule Sauni, who is currently undergoing treatment in the US for cancer.  She applied for a stipend in June from the Cancer Coalition after being diagnosed, and thankfully the Coalition had just a little money left from a generous donation made by ACE Industries in January 2012.

In 2004, the assessment was published and among other findings, the report stated that cancer was the second leading cause of death in American Samoa.

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from cancer, please contact the Cancer Coalition at 633-4589 or by email www.asccancercoalition.org.

No donation is considered too small, and all donations are deeply appreciated and put to good use.



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