Coming Together to Support Those Facing Cancer

There are a few moments that can change your life forever. One of those is a cancer diagnosis for yourself or a loved one. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimates there would be 17 million new cancer cases globally in 2018. Cancer impacts far too many without discrimination, either through personal experiences, family, friends, colleagues, or loved ones.

When I was 10 years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although I didn’t fully grasp the impact at the time, it was terrifying to see what she was going through. When I was in college, my mother was diagnosed for a second time, and it was even more devastating to watch her face treatment all over again. Today, I am very happy to say my mother is cancer-free, but within that time, others whom I know and love have been diagnosed with cancer and have shared their own stories with me.

Beyond everything, it has also made me realize that by sharing our stories and experiences, we can create connections to help each other as well as those who are on different parts of the journey, dealing with their own health, caregivers, and those who are critical members of support systems.

Coming together and raising our voices to support those in need is one of the things that the Herbalife Nutrition community does best and is one of the reasons that our support of the American Cancer Society aligns deeply with our purpose.

The statistics about cancer are daunting: 1 in 3 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed in their lifetime, and cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease. But although cancer touches millions of Americans, almost half of all cancer deaths are caused by modifiable risk factors.

According to a recent study by American Cancer Society researchers, about 740,000 cases in 2019 are potentially avoidable, including the 19 percent of all cancers that are caused by smoking and the 18 percent that are caused by a combination of excess body weight, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and poor nutrition.

That means that there is great hope for saving lives. That is why Herbalife Nutrition is supporting the American Cancer Society in Together vs. Cancer. The Together vs. Cancer campaign is about attacking cancer from every angle. It will help people across the country get the support they need to help prevent and fight this disease.

From free rides to treatment to breakthrough research to a 24/7 cancer helpline, the American Cancer Society is there to support those in need, charging at cancer from multiple fronts. We are proud to stand with them to help realize their goal of a world without cancer.

Join the American Cancer Society and Herbalife Nutrition as we support Together vs. Cancer by:

The American Cancer Society does not endorse or promote any Herbalife Nutrition products or services. Most dietary supplements, including Herbalife Nutrition products, have not been shown to be beneficial for the prevention or treatment of cancer. People undergoing cancer treatment should check with their health care provider before using any dietary supplement.

Erin Richards-Kunkel

Erin Richards-KunkelSr. Director, Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Social Responsibility

Erin leads the development and execution of global partnerships and corporate social responsibility initiatives for Herbalife Nutrition. Her background combines analytical and creative expertise with degrees in both biological sciences and journalism from the University of California, Davis and the University of Southern California respectively. Her love of storytelling, science, and social good comes together in her approach for engagement and holistic campaign strategy and development.