United Against Cancer 2021
Renewal by Andersen locations across North America unite to help the American Cancer Society in October
In 2018, the Renewal by Andersen network was galvanized by a cancer diagnosis for one of our most beloved long-term leaders. In a show of support, the network partnered with The American Cancer Society (ACS) for our first Wear Pink; Save Lives campaign--a successful October event that was repeated (and built upon) the following year.
The campaigns were so rewarding and touched so many people, that by 2020, what had begun as a single event had blossomed into a year-round partnership. Since our first kickoff in 2018, the Renewal by Andersen network--our teammates and employees all across the country--have jumped in with both feet to help ACS in their fight to attack cancer from every angle.
There have been car washes and bake sales and crazy sock days. Care packages sent to cancer patients and their families. More than a hundred windows installed at two different Hope Lodge facilities—with more projects coming up. More than a million dollars raised.
Says Jeanne Junker, Sr Vice President of Affiliate Retail Operations, whose cancer diagnosis in 2018 was the spark for that very first Wear Pink event, "Cancer has touched the lives of too many across the Renewal network. While we have lost some dear friends, I am touched by all the ways we have rallied around our teammates who have fought against cancer, and the ways we have poured our hearts and souls into this annual campaign over the last four years.
"For me personally, my journey through breast cancer would have been VERY different had it not been for new testing and medications that were developed thanks to funding from the American Cancer Society."
COVID-19 has had significant health and economic effects on cancer patients and survivors: 87% of respondents per an ACS Survivor Survey reported some impact on their health care due to the pandemic. Nearly half (46%) reported a notable impact on their ability to pay for and afford their care. At the same time, the ACS is facing a shortfall of $200 million. For an organization dedicated to funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention, it is a significant hit.
That's why now, more than ever we are proud to be supporters of The American Cancer Society, and are pleased to be "United Against Cancer" once again--and we look forward to seeing how our more than 100 locations across North America come together to support the cause.
This year, we are raising the bar--setting our October goal at $500,000. (Want to contribute? You can help us help the ACS in the fight against cancer here: www.RenewalCares.com) It is a big goal, but when you consider that one in three people will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, you realize this is not just about supporting the ACS, it is also about pulling together for our friends, our family, our teammates, and ourselves.
“The ACS's fight against cancer is not a single effort,” says Troy Barrow, President of Renewal by Andersen. "It's funding research and education campaigns. It's Hope Lodges providing cancer patients getting treatment a home-away-from-home where they can stay for no cost. It's about saving lives--and celebrating lives. The best way to fight cancer is to attack it from every angle and that’s what we want to help the American Cancer Society do.”
He continues, “We're proud to watch our employees across the country contribute their time, talent, and resources to the causes that mean the most to them. Cancer is so personal to many of the families at Renewal by Andersen…being able to support a cause like this, on a scale like this, is powerful. Making a difference has always been at the heart of our values, and it’s a tradition we will carry on for years to come.”
Adds Junker, “If this partnership, if these efforts, help even one more person out there know they are not fighting cancer alone, that they have a support system and resources…it means so much. I can say that from experience.”
Join the fightOur teams are committed to helping the American Cancer Society in their mission to free the world of cancer. You can learn more, or make a contribution to the ACS, through our portal.
A Special Message from American Cancer Society CEO Dr. Karen Knudson
Dr. Karen E. Knudson, CEO of the American Cancer Society took a moment to speak about the ACS mission and how the money we raise impacts cancer patients and their families.
Since 2018, Renewal by Andersen retailers, teammates, and homeowners have raised more than $1.2 million for the American Cancer Society—shattering expectations and making a difference in the lives of those with cancer. This year, help us raise another $500,000… and beat cancer!