We all know that the economy is impacting the business world. But it is murdering the nonprofit sector, something that the mainstream media doesn’t always cover. I have gone through the S&L crisis in the late 80’s and the recession after 9/11. But I have never seen anything like this before. In addition to working for the American Cancer Society, I’m also a volunteer. Last spring, I was all set to recruit a Relay For Life team and to raise funds to fight cancer. But my mother slipped away from us then, a death due to small cell lung cancer.
But now I want to get back on track. As the economy worsens, requests for our free services (see below) have risen exponentially. For example, requests to provide services to cancer patients has increased by 26% in my six-state division.
I challenge you to donate to my Relay team. All I’m asking is that you donate $8 or the approximate price of two drinks at your favorite coffee emporium. Click here to donate.
Where does the money go, you ask? Below you’ll find a blog post I wrote two years ago when I was publishing a blof for Relay For Life Volunteers.
Thanks for your support.
Paul Simon wrote 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover. Perhaps we should ask him to write a song called “50 Ways To Fight Cancer,” because here’s a list of 50 examples of how we’ll spend funds raised through Relay For Life to fight cancer.
- Epidemiology and Surveillance studies (Includes CPS-3)
- Behavioral Research studies
- Extramural Grants & training programs
- Great American Health Check
- Colon Cancer Awareness
- Great American Eat Right Challenge
- Prostate Cancer Awareness
- Get Your Screen Test
- Active For Life
- Meeting Well
- Because We Care
- Breast Cancer Awareness
- Great American Smokeout
- National Cancer Information Center
- I Can Cope
- CA-A Journal For Clinicians
- Books on cancer-related topics
- Health Reminder Assistant
- Skin Cancer Awareness
- Generation Fit
- School Health
- C-Tools 2.5
- Celebration On The Hill
- Federal Advocacy (Currently fighting to increase cancer research funding)
- State Advocacy (currently supporting passage of the statewide ban on smoking and increased funding for cancer research, etc.)
- Local Advocacy
- Patient Navigation
- Road To Recovery
- Camp Discovery
- Coping With Breast Cancer (Support Group)
- Life After Loss
- Dialogue (Support Group)
- Look Good Feel Better
- Reach To Recovery
- Hospital equipment for home use
- Gift items (wigs, turbans, blue pads, 1-2 month supply of ostomy equipment)
- Man To Man (Support Group)
- Information & Referrals to other organizations
- Health Insurance Assistance Project (Call 800-227-2345)
- Clinical Trials Matching Service (Call 800-227-2345)
- Cancer Resource Database
- Childhood Cancer Scholarship Fund
- Hope Lodge (Currently being planned for Houston and Lubbock)
- Cancer Survivors Network
- Building Bridges
Some of these examples, such as our Web site and our National Cancer Information Center, allow you to access some of these other programs. Not all programs are available in all communities. Sometimes this is because the demand isn’t there. Many times, though, it’s because we don’t have volunteers to manage the programs. Our volunteer driver transportation program, Road To Recovery, is a good example. Nearly every community has a need for more drivers.