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The American Cancer Society (ACS) of Western North Carolina and South Carolina has announced the launch of its Charlotte Chapter of the Associate Board of Ambassadors. 

Charlotte, N.C. (April 20, 2022) – The Charlotte ABOA will be comprised of Charlotte’s up and coming professionals from various businesses including IT, financial, medical, and real estate. The board is now accepting applications from additional candidates who want to learn how ACS impacts the lives of cancer patients and their families, while having fun  and meeting like-minded young professionals.

“Millennials and Gen Z make up 45% of the US population and the American Cancer Society has identified the  unique opportunity to build relationships with these individuals starting at a young age and engage them in a  meaningful way throughout their lives,” said Lindsay Maggio McElwee, National Director, Young Professionals  Development and Engagement, ACS. “Our Associate Board of Ambassador (ABOA) approach to young 

professional engagement has seen enormous success in numerous markets. The ABOA recruits YP members  giving them opportunities for personal development, networking and contributing philanthropically within their  community. We are thrilled that Charlotte has been chosen as one of a dozen launch sites for our young  professionals’ organization rollout in 2022.We are encouraging collaboration amongst our boards nationally so  that each market can experience a consistent national presence while remaining locally unique.” 

“When I heard about the launch of Charlotte’s own Associate Board of Ambassadors on behalf of the American  Cancer Society, I dove right in,” said Rachel Novosel, 2022 Chair ABOA Charlotte and sales, de Soutter Medical  USA. "Cancer has touched everyone in some way or another. Growing the ABOA and spreading awareness for  ACS in Charlotte is probably one of the most significant things I can do as a young professional and I am just so  happy to have the chance to be involved. This is a first for me - volunteering with ACS — however, cancer  research and veterinary oncology has been top of mind since my dog passed away from colon cancer in 2017.  And my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and has luckily beat it.” 

The ABOA will support the fundraising initiatives for the Taste of Hope Charlotte presented by Harris Teeter  through social media, networking, and grass roots marketing. The annual fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday,  September 24, at Le Meridien Charlotte (555 So. McDowell St). The event will be a culinary experience. 

Additional information on the Charlotte ABOA and Taste of Hope Charlotte gala can be found at the website link Taste Of Hope Charlotte, or by emailing 


About The American Cancer Society 

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating  lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research to free lodging near treatment, a  24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the  Society is committed to improving lives of cancer patients and their families. For more information go to

About Associate Board of Ambassadors  

The Associate Board of Ambassadors (ABOA) is the American Cancer Society’s premier organization for up-and-coming professionals from various industries. These distinguished individuals are committed to the American Cancer Society's  mission - saving lives by eliminating cancer - through philanthropic efforts to fund research for cures, support for patients,  preventions, and early detection. By participating in monthly meetings, volunteer opportunities, and social events, ABOA  members can work with others who are interested in making a difference in their community and significantly impacting  the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission. 


Contact: Joyce Caron-Mercier  



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