Our Impact

I want to thank all for creating the foundation and website. 9 years ago when I was diagnosed there was little information available. I had to do a lot of research on my own. The work you are doing is awesome! No one should ever die from anal cancer.

Maria

Since the Foundation’s inception in 2010 we have dedicated ourselves to improving the lives of anal cancer thrivers, supporting and funding research for anal cancer as well as HPV-related cancers, creating a collaborative space for clinicians to share knowledge and ideas, and moving the pendulum forward in increasing vaccination rates for girls and boys. We continue to work with leaders in the field to not only eradicate HPV-related cancers for future generations, but to eliminate research and scientific silos and bring improved and novel treatments to those diagnosed with anal cancer.

Our staff and boards work every day to improve the once bleak landscape facing the anal cancer community. It is our promise and commitment that tomorrow will  be different for our community!

The difference your 2020 contribution made

Raising Awareness

Raising Awareness

We are proud to raise our collective voices on behalf of anal cancer thrivers. We partnered with other strong advocates such as the Society for Women’s Health Research to share the anal cancer patient experience with the medical community and work toward improving patient outcomes.

Our partner Marcia Cross continues to spread the word about anal cancer awareness. Each time Marcia declares, “we all have an anus!”, she takes another step further in dismantling the stigma associated with this cancer.

We are grateful to all advocates who are making their voices heard, whether it’s within their own families or on a global scale.

Looking Onward

Looking Onward

Organized by an anal cancer thriver and in partnership with UCSF’s Anal Neoplasia Anal Neoplasia Clinic Research and Education (ANCRE) Center, we, alongside 175 thrivers, researchers, medical providers, friends, and loved ones, took part in a pre-release screening of Disney Pixar’s Onward.

The evening raised over $80,000, split evenly between each organization. Funds will be used to directly benefit the much-needed anal cancer programs, trainings, and advocacy of both ACF and ANCRE. Marking a milestone, this was the first corporate event to exclusively benefit anal cancer and another step in our aim to make sure that this disease gets the recognition it deserves.

Creating connections

Creating connections

Our Peer-to-Peer Support Program is operating at full steam, with over 75 thriver and caregiver matches made, and almost 100 new registrants from this year alone. COVID has been hard on many people. Unfortunately, anal cancer thrivers and their loved ones, whether they have managed cancer for a long time or are experiencing a new diagnosis, are uniquely impacted by this pandemic.

Global Efforts

Global Efforts

Our mission to eliminate HPV Cancers has expanded to Europe where the virus causes 90,000 cancers annually. We partnered with the European Cancer Organisation to create the HPV Action Network with a joint vision of ending HPV cancers across the continent. 2020 achievements include:

1. Launching a major new report: Viral Protection: Achieving the Possible. A Four Step Plan for Eliminating HPV Cancers in Europe. The report sets out how to realize HPV eradication by building on solid practices already in place in many European countries.
2. ACF co-founder Tristan Almada presented on the role of civil societies in the mission to prevent HPV Cancers at the European Cancer Summit.
3. Working with key stakeholders involved in Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, including EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancers, to address HPV cancer.

Accessible Information

Accessible Information

Our site has always been a place where we share updates and stories from the community, but this year we have amplified our offerings in order to better serve you, our friends and thrivers. Popular pieces have included an update on pelvic floor physical therapy from guest blogger Dr. Allison Romero, caregiver Jerry’s experience of being a peer mentor, and Dr. Ashish Deshmukh’s insights on the events that drove him toward a career researching anal cancer and its eradication.

But we want to do more! To that end, in November we ran a community-driven survey about the information we provide. The insights shared will help inform the services and information that the Anal Cancer Foundation provides, and ensures that anal cancer thrivers and their loved ones have the facts and resources they need to take care of themselves.

Supporting Our Work

Supporting Our Work

Did you know that if you sign up for Amazon Smile and select the Anal Cancer Foundation as your charity of choice, we get a small contribution from Amazon each time you shop?

Please visit our Donation page to learn more about this and other ways to support our work. We appreciate every single gift. 100% of contributions goes to programs to raise awareness, accelerate early detection, improve quality of life, and accelerate a cure.

None of this work would be possible without you.