OneDegree Cancer Action Network / American Cancer Society Stand Up to Cancer
The One Degree project is a massive public statement: we're all One Degree from cancer, and we're ready to end this disease.

Our task is big, and our ask is bold: Over the next two years, we want to increase cancer research funding by $1 billion.

This campaign is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Stand Up To Cancer. Click here to learn more about the project (PDF).


Actor Bill Hader thinks he's all that.
Videos appear courtesy of ACT for NIH.

ACT for NIH logo Actor Rob Riggle gets schooled.

Why care?

The problem: Cancer strikes ONE in 2 men and ONE in 3 women in their lifetimes. It kills ONE person for every minute of every day in this country.

What we need most is more cancer research — essential work that can help save more lives by preventing and treating cancer, and detecting it at its earliest, most treatable stages. The biggest source of cancer research is from federal funding, but since 2003, that funding is down 26%, adjusted for inflation.

The solution: Together, with the force of millions of cancer survivors and volunteers, we are calling for Congress to increase funding for cancer research by $1 billion over the next two years. This isn't a partisan issue. It's a human issue.

If they don't, breakthrough treatments won't see the light of day. Lives won't be saved.

Cancer treatments that can save more lives have ONE thing in common — they begin with basic research led by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, conducted at universities and research labs in cities and towns across the country. These projects not only save lives they create jobs. Join us to increase research funding and save more of our One Degrees.


Media Contacts
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Steve Weiss

Stand Up To Cancer
Jane Rubinstein

Do more

You can do something about this. Congress will listen if we act. Here are a few more easy ways to lend your time and efforts to the cause.
  1. A real, live phone call to Congress will do even more.

  2. Get involved in your community. If you're willing to participate in activities in your area, visit to be contacted by a volunteer in your community as soon as an upcoming activity is scheduled. You don't need to commit to anything now, we just need to know you are interested!

Thank you to One Degree, a San Francisco non-profit organization working to ensure all families have access to services they need to overcome poverty, for allowing the use of the One Degree campaign name. Learn more at