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American Cancer Society and the National Football League Award Grant to ReGenesis Health Care to Fight Breast and Colorectal Cancer  

October 6, 2017 - As part of its Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, the American Cancer Society has awarded a $75,000 grant to ReGenesis Health Care to implement cancer prevention and early detection activities aimed to improve cancer outcomes by providing education, outreach, navigation, and access to cancer screenings in the Carolinas. This initiative is made possible by a partnership between The National Football League and ACS. 

The National Football League’s Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer initiative provides funding to support increased access to cancer education, prevention and screening resources in underserved communities through the American Cancer Society.  The NFL Carolina Panthers, an ACS partner since 2009, has been supporting the CHANGE Grant program since it was implemented in 2011.  “We all know the best defense is a good offense, and the Carolina Panthers are pleased to partner with the American Cancer Society to provide important funding for cancer prevention and education efforts in the Carolinas through Crucial Catch,” said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers director of community relations. “Most importantly, the community grant being awarded to ReGenesis Health Care in Spartanburg will focus on underinsured and uninsured individuals receiving lifesaving preventative screenings for breast and colorectal cancer.”

Grant funding will support the efforts of ReGenesis Health Care to address breast and colorectal cancer.  ReGenesis is partnering with the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network (CCPN) to increase access to colorectal cancer screening in the community.


“This is an exciting opportunity to further impact cancer through prevention and early detection in our community.” said Megan Wessel, MPH, vice president, Cancer Control of the American Cancer Society Southeast Region. “The Society will continue to support ReGenesis Health Care by providing quality improvement and technical support while also serving as a community resource over the next 18 months and beyond.”

 This CHANGE grant is one of 32 awarded nationwide that focus on reducing the unequal burden of cancer by focusing on addressing breast cancer disparities and outcomes while also expanding to address colorectal screenings.

“ReGenesis is thrilled to continue our partnership with the American Cancer Society and the NFL for the third year through the Crucial Catch Change grant,” said Matthew Delfino, Jr., Chief Medical Officer of ReGenesis Health Care. “Over the last two years, this CHANGE grant has enabled us to provide hundreds of women with breast cancer screenings, education and information.  This year, the scope of the grant has expanded and now we can also offer prevention and access to diagnostic colonoscopy exams in our local community through collaborative efforts and without the burden of associated costs” 

Disparities predominantly arise from inequities in work, wealth, income, education, housing and overall standard of living, as well as social barriers to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services. The Society collaborates with community health systems p to reach individuals in communities with higher burdens of cancer and limited access to cancer screening.  

Since 2012, CHANGE grants funded by the NFL have been awarded to community health systems to provide education, outreach, navigation and access to breast cancer screening resources within communities experiencing an unequal burden of the cancer. Collectively, grant funded health systems have provided more than 344,000 outreach and education interventions and have contributed to more than 152,000 breast cancer screenings provided at low or no cost. Thanks to our health systems grantees demonstrated impact and the NFL’s continued commitment to this life-changing work, the NFL is expanding its efforts on cancer prevention and early detection across multiple cancers in 2017. This expanded funding opportunity will continue to address breast cancer disparities while also addressing either colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, or HPV vaccination. The Society’s vision is a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer and all cancers. Prevention and early detection programs, such as the CHANGE grant program, help to eliminate cancer-related health disparities and reach this vision. 

Additionally, The American Cancer Society is introducing The Defender, a new online tool brought to fans by the NFL.  By answering a few short questions, The Defender will help reduce cancer risks by offering information about screenings and prevention.  Visit to get started.  


About the American Cancer Society: 

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments and earlier detection. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit