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About the American Cancer Fund

The American Cancer Fund® should be your first stop for Cancer information. While numerous organizations provide information on cancer, the American Cancer Fund’s vital difference is our ability to provide you with reliable resources and streamline the process to quickly educate and empower you to cope with cancer, however it affects you. ACF is also part of the American Cancer Association® (ACA) another great Cancer support and healthy living resource. ACF is a proud member of both the Mercer and Middlesex County Chambers of Commerce, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the NJ Business and Industry Association (NJBIA), the Somerset County Business Partnership as well as the Hillsborough Economic Business Development Council. Documentation for ACF, the American Cancer Association, the National Cancer Society, and the American Cancer Foundation can be found at Guidestar, the federal registry for charities. They have awarded ACF/ACA their highest award, the Gold Exchange Seal and Partners in Trust.


The American Cancer Fund® has been operating continuously since the early 1960’s. They have worked tirelessly to provide assistance to Cancer patients. The organization was started by transplanted New Yorkers when they moved to Florida and realized that many retirees did not have the funds they needed to pay for serious medical care like Cancer. The founders enlisted family and friends and started chapters (from 1960 – 1986) in Florida, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, and Arizona. The original goal was to provide some amount of funding and resources to anyone struggling with the big ‘C’. They started their efforts by working with churches and synagogues (of the founders) to find donors so that they could evaluate and really help those in need. The founders reached out to everyone they knew in the garment and plumbing industries as well as lawyers and accountants and asked for donations from every personal connection they made. This model lasted until the late 1990’s when most of the original founders passed on leaving a legacy of service to the next generation. The original organization was also called the American Cancer Association, the National Cancer Society, Focus on Cancer, and the American Cancer Foundation and we still use these names as a DBAs.

Most of the patients that received assistance were identified by ‘word of mouth’ (there was no internet in those days and NO twitter), and were assessed by the volunteers from ‘chapters’ that were in cities where the founders had a family or business connection.

As the original volunteers passed away, the assistance became more centralized. It wasn’t until the late 1990’s when the next generation decided to restructure and re-evaluate the mission and goals that the current mission was established. American Cancer Fund and American Cancer Association joined forces and refiled as a charity in 2005.

American Cancer Association (ACA)™
American Cancer Association (ACA)™ is a grass roots organization of individuals with family and friends touched by Cancer as well as Cancer survivors. We know that good, simple information is available but hard to find and understand. ACA is a tax-exempt, non profit, 501(C)3 corporation and depends on your support through contributions and various fund raising activities.

American Cancer Educational Services (ACES)™, National Cancer Society™, and American Cancer Foundation™
Some of the early operational names used by the American Cancer Fund. These names are still used in some parts of the country.

Feel prepared for every appointment

Carrying the right information can empower you during your cancer care journey. Use these tools to help organize this information so you can be an active participant in your cancer care.

Keep them handy for use at home and bring them along to your doctor visits and other medical appointments.

#KnowCancer Tip

Update your information and checklist after each appointment to keep track of your progress and prepare for your next visit. Being organized is a key step in navigating your cancer care with confidence.

Essentials Checklist

  • Important Contacts: Include your healthcare team's phone numbers and email addresses.
  • Health and Treatment History: A brief summary of your diagnosis, treatment plans, and any past procedures or surgeries.
  • Copies of Reports: Bring recent blood tests, pathology reports, and any other relevant medical records.
  • Calendar: Your schedule of upcoming appointments, treatments, and tests.
  • Progress Notes: Observations about your symptoms, side effects, and any changes in your condition.
  • Questions: A list of questions or concerns you have for your healthcare provider. Don't hesitate to ask anything that's on your mind.
  • Insurance Information: Your insurance card and any necessary authorization forms or documents.

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