When an individual is hit with a cancer diagnosis, they are forced to develop a new normal that incorporates various doctor’s visits, different treatments, and expensive medical bills. Cancer can seem like a devastating diagnosis. But with scientists looking for new treatments and developing scientific breakthroughs there is an abundance of hope for the future. Paying for medical treatments and facilitating cancer research can be expensive. Luckily, compassionate people like you can help by utilizing crowdfunding to their advantage.
Crowdfunding for Cancer
When determining how to donate money to cancer research, consider the crowdfunding model as a powerful tool to rally support by reaching willing donors through the power of social media and matching them with deserving causes. When crowdfunding for cancer, consider organizing an offline fundraising event in addition to your online campaign. Your family, friends and neighbors can rally together in spreading awareness of the disease while raising funds to get one step closer to ending the fight against cancer.
Powerful Cancer Facts
- According to the National Cancer Institute, it is projected that the five most common types of cancers in 2015 will be breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, and bladder cancer.
- The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015 there will be 1,658,370 new cases of cancer diagnosed and approximately 589,430 deaths due to cancer in the U.S. alone.
- The World Cancer Research Fund International documented that with the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer, the rate of all cancer types was 1.8 times higher in more developed countries compared to less developed countries.
Notable Cancer Research Funds to Support
This nonprofit is dedicated to conquering cancer by researching new treatment options for cancer patients. The Cancer Research Institute’s confidence in fulfilling its goal is rooted in the fact that the human body can defend itself against cancer. Its researchers focus on the power of the immune system and have developed immunotherapies that help to strengthen the immune system with defenses against cancer. Over the past six decades the institute has seen success in its immune-based cancer treatments as documented on its milestone timeline.
With the goal of funding the best research in order to save lives, the American Cancer Society works toward making strides in the fight against cancer by cultivating the next generation of research. The organization enlists more than 800 researchers and scientists to conduct nationwide cancer studies in order to tackle different forms of cancer. Since 1946 the nonprofit has given more than $4 billion to cancer research, earning it the title of the largest, private nonprofit that funds cancer research in the U.S.
Being the first charity to determine a link between cancer and diet, the World Cancer Research Fund International aims to fund research committed to investigating the effects of diet, nutrition, body fat and physical activity on cancer. Its research indicates that one out of three cancers are preventable, which is why its intention is to help create a world where individuals no longer develop cancers that are preventable. As a leader of a network of charities dedicated to cancer prevention, this nonprofit maintains a global reach in the fight against cancer.
Fundraising Event Ideas for Cancer Research Campaigns
1. Farm Stand
Healthy eating habits are becoming a big part of cancer prevention. If you’re a good cook, consider making a seasonally nutritious and delicious meal to sell at your very own farm stand in your community. If you go to your local farmers market near closing time, you can request their leftover food for your cause (this is called gleaning). When gleaning, make sure to note that the food will used to directly benefit cancer research. Set up your farm stand in a local park or piggyback on an already existing community event to bring in the most donations for your online campaign. You can sell the meals individually or in family-style portions that can be heated up later. Play up the cancer research cause aspect by creating notecards about your dish that highlight how certain ingredients used in your recipe are known to play an important role in cancer prevention.
2. Undertake a New Challenge
In recent years, a new sport has gained significant popularity. Standup paddle boarding, also known as SUP, is an offshoot of surfing in which the individual stands up on the board and uses a paddle to propel themselves forward. Play into this rising trend and take on the challenge of stand up paddle boarding across a pre-determined amount of water, like a canal or lake. You can get friends and family to sponsor your ride by donating to your campaign for every mile you complete on the SUP. You can even try to recruit others to participate and ask them to secure their own sponsors as well. Make a fun day out of the event and sell refreshments and snacks at a stand after the ride.
3. Happy Hour Fundraiser
Traditionally, people like to unwind after a long day with some friends, food and drinks. Ask a favorite local bar if they would be willing to donate the proceeds made on a specific day and “happy hour” time to your cause. You can brainstorm with the bar to come up with a clever signature cocktail, such as a “Cureatini” or a “Margacureita” to promote awareness and to remind bar-goers that the money raised is going toward a good cause. At the end of the night, the bar can simply donate its proceeds to your campaign with one simple transaction.
Start Crowdfunding for Cancer Research
The value of cancer research is immeasurable. Each year scientists are paving the way for the future of cancer prevention and treatment by making scientific breakthroughs. By creating a campaign on YouCaring, anyone has the ability to make a significant contribution in the fight to end cancer. For some great strategies on crafting a successful campaign, check out our fundraising tips and fundraising ideas pages.
Now that you know how to donate money to cancer research, launch your free campaign for cancer research today.