News Release

American Cancer Society Holds Annual A Toast to Life Fundraiser Luncheon Aboard Holland America Line’s Eurodam in Seattle

On  Deck for a Cause partner raises funds during luncheon to fight cancer

Seattle, Wash., June 29, 2018 — Holland America Line hosted  American Cancer Society’s annual A Toast to Life fundraiser luncheon Saturday,  June 23, at the Port of Seattle aboard Eurodam.

The  American Cancer Society is a partner of Holland America Line through its “On  Deck for a Cause” onboard fundraising initiative where guests can participate  in a walk around the deck on every cruise, helping to support cancer research.  On Deck for a Cause benefits five international cancer organizations, including  the American Cancer  Society.

“Holland  America Line is deeply committed to partnering with organizations like the  American Cancer Society to help raise funds that will save lives and help eradicate  cancer,”  said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Too many people have  been affected by cancer, and through our partnerships and On Deck for a Cause  program, hopefully one day soon we’ll be able to say we helped find a cure.”

During  the luncheon on Eurodam, attendees were  invited to a presentation in the ship’s main lounge where they heard about  upcoming American Cancer Society initiatives and listened to a story from a  cancer survivor.

On Deck for a Cause invites guests to participate in a  noncompetitive 5k fundraising walk on all 500 sailings across the fleet of  Holland America Line’s ships, with proceeds distributed among the American  Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer  Research UK and KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society). Holland America  Line guests and employees of the company have raised more than $5 million for cancer support through  “On Deck” programming since it began in 2006.


  About The American  Cancer Society

  American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based  voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health  problem. The American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing  Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) Grant Program builds  community and system capacity to promote health equity, access and navigation  to screening resources within underserved communities.

  CHANGE grants serve as a catalyst for partners to implement and  sustain interventions to effectively engage and mobilize patients; and  implement systems and policies that are essential to increasing access to  timely cancer screenings. The Society has awarded nearly 350 grants since 2011  and grant recipients are making amazing impact! Grant recipients represent  community health centers, community-based organizations, academic medical  centers, breast and cervical cancer early detection programs, Indian Health  Service health centers and faith-based organizations.

In Washington state, ACS has offices in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma,  and Everett. Currently, the American Cancer Society is funding 21 local  research grants representing the best and brightest of Washington state  (including the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)  conducting groundbreaking cancer research. Through 2017, ACS provided  Washington residents with more than 5,200 rides to treatment and other  cancer-related appointments through the Road To Recovery program, and more than  1,400 free or reduced nights with hotel partners. Patient navigators helped  guide more than 1,400 newly diagnosed, underserved Washington cancer patients  to overcome barriers to care. For more information, visit

“Holland  America Line has become one of our most trusted community partners in the fight  against cancer,” said Becca McMillan, senior director, corporate relations for  the American Cancer Society of Washington. “Every year, Holland America raises  funds and awareness and is fully engaged with us to eliminate cancer from the  world. Then they give us a gift of a beautiful luncheon on one of their  stunning cruise ships to help thank our volunteers and sponsors. We are truly  grateful for their support.”

 Each year, Holland America Line hosts more than 25  shipboard charity luncheons for nearly 5,000 guests in its home port cities. In  addition, Holland America Line and its corporate foundation’s charitable-giving  programs provide cash sponsorships, in-kind donations, free- and reduced-fare  cruise donations for nonprofit fundraising events, donations of usable  shipboard items around the world, employee volunteerism and other philanthropic  activities.

For more information, contact  a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425)  or visit

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and  plc (NYSE:  CCL and CUK)]

Holland  America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400  ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From  shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company’s cruises visit all seven  continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America  circumnavigations, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia  voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean,  Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal.  The line welcomed Koningsdam in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle-class  ship, Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in December 2018. A third  Pinnacle-class ship will be delivered in 2021.

The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to  secure its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships  feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences  focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand  their knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during  an America’s Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The New York  Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding  entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage,  Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club. The dining experience can be  savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from  Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous chefs  who design dishes exclusively for our guests.




Sally Andrews