History


The Carbon Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society was established over 50 years ago. The American Cancer Society Telethon was established in 1980 and was a student project at the Tamaqua Area Senior High School under the direction of Master Teacher, George Taylor.  That first program raised $15,000, but over its history the Telethon has raised millions in the fight against cancer.   Today, the Telethon is produced at the contemporary performance venue in Jim Thorpe, PA called Penn's Peak.Mr. Taylor and some of his students from 1980, along with hundreds of performers and other volunteers continue to make the annual telethon happen.  It has become a fun tradition in our local community and a point of pride for the local people that support ACS as volunteers. Help us, help others by donating now.  All proceeds from CancerTelethon.org exclusively support the American Cancer Society. 

The program airs live from noon to midnight both Saturday and Sunday of telethon weekend, on Blue Ridge TV 13 and Service Electric Cablevision of Hazleton, Mahanoy Area, and Lehigh Valley.  Also, viewers are invited to come to Penn’s Peak to watch the program, as it is produced.  There is no admission charge, and donations are accepted.

 

Mission Statement:

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

 

 

 

 

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