Passionate About Supporting Cancer Research

Having seen the impact of cancer on her family, Abby Floyd is passionate about raising awareness and supporting research.

For Abby Floyd, cancer has always been a factor in her life. As Miss Arkansas USA 2016, Abby is working to raise awareness about cancer and the importance of cancer research in finding lifesaving treatments.

Both of Abby's grandmothers died of cancer and her father is a cancer survivor. Having seen the impact of cancer so closely, Abby is committed to helping find a cure and emphasizing the importance of prevention and early detection.

To do so, Abby has teamed up with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). And because running is part of her pageant training routine, Abby has joined the AACR Runners for Research team. As an AACR ambassador she will be participating in events around the country to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

"I am passionate about finding cures for these diseases that affect so many people," says Abby.

In addition, Abby, who started getting screened for cancers at the age of 16 because of her family history, emphasizes the importance of early detection.

When Abby was a newborn, her maternal grandmother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died after a seven-year battle with the disease, which is diagnosed in some 21,000 women living in the United States each year.

Years later, Abby's paternal grandmother, who had never smoked in her life, lost a four-month battle with lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and worldwide.

And Abby's father is a cancer survivor. He continues to deal with the lasting effects of his treatment for stage 4 colon cancer.

"It was so hard for me to watch, knowing there was nothing I could do," says Abby. "It affects so many families, not just the patients but entire families."

Watching her loved ones go through so much made a lasting impression on Abby, who lives on her family's farm in Arkansas.

You can support Abby’s cause and the AACR Runners for Research team.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is a 501c3 registered nonprofit organization with offices at 615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | 215.440.9300