Almost all of us have someone in our lives who has been hit with the sobering news that they have cancer. Maybe it’s a parent or other relative, or a close friend. In our lifetimes, about 40 percent of us will be diagnosed with some form of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
The good news is that experts are making big advances in detecting and treating all kinds of cancer. Because of philanthropy, Carolinas HealthCare System is expanding its resources to fight cancer and bring national-level expertise to communities throughout the Carolinas.
In 2010, Carolinas HealthCare System announced an ambitious $500 million, 10-year plan to partner with its network of more than 30 affiliated hospitals to recruit nationally prominent medical teams and share expertise in cancer treatments and research. The program, called the Levine Cancer Institute, was started with a $20 million gift from the Leon Levine Foundation, with plans to raise more from other sources.
There are plenty of other ways that donations help fight cancer in the Carolinas. Philanthropy supports patient navigators – advocates who help patients sift through their options. And it pays for wellness outreach programs, to let people know how they can reduce their risk of cancer or detect it early.
In addition, donations fuel research in Charlotte. In many cases, physicians apply what they’re learning in research to improve care for patients. Among other research, philanthropy is helping doctors with Carolinas HealthCare system find a test to detect ovarian cancer, use the body’s immune stimulators to destroy cancer cells in kidney cancer and melanoma patients and test new treatments on children with neuroblastoma.
You can help make life better for a cancer patient, or spread awareness, or contribute to vital research. Here’s how:
Many people choose to donate directly to help fight cancer, and they can choose different funds based on their interests.
Another popular way to help is by joining a giving society and pledging a specific level of support over multiple years.
Every year, thousands of people support the fight against cancer by participating in events, which include the Stiletto Sprint dash in high heels, 24 Hours of Booty bike ride, Keep Pounding auctions of Carolina Panthers memorabilia at home football games, the Save Your Skin Melanoma Awareness Golf Classic and many other community fundraisers.