The partnership will help the sorority enhance the health, morale and well-being of its more than 10,000 members, while increasing visibility in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
The agreement will also play a role in supporting the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives and help people stay well and get well, find cures and fight cancer, according to a statement from the Society.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s national program targets community education on health-related issues, particularly health-care disparities among minority communities,” South Atlantic Regional Director Marsha Lewis Brown said in the statement. “We are very pleased to execute the agreement between the American Cancer Society and the South Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, that defines the collaborative support that the sorority members will bring to the programs of the American Cancer Society.”
“The agreement encourages sorority members to provide education about cancer prevention and treatment to both its members and the community and encourages support of American Cancer Society programs such as Relay For Life and Road to Recovery.”
As part of the agreement, Alpha Kappa Alpha will recruit volunteers to drive patients to and from treatment for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, take part in Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and join cancer advocacy efforts on the state and federal levels.
The two organizations will also come together to raise awareness about cancer among AKA members.
“We are excited to partner with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,” Arnold Altman, chairman of the board and president of the American Cancer Society’s Florida Division, said in the statement. “We look forward to the many new opportunities we will have to engage their members throughout Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in our lifesaving programs, education and fundraising.”
Cliff Berg, chairman of the Society’s South Atlantic Division's volunteer board of directors, said the partnership will provide new opportunities to reach and help more people through its programs and services, while also enhancing its community fundraising efforts.
“We look forward to the future as this collaboration helps the American Cancer Society save more lives and create more birthdays," Berg said.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.