The ongoing fight to stop breast cancer can sometimes feel like an endless battle against a many-headed dragon. In recent years, new research and treatments have given us every reason to believe we’re on the cusp of winning this battle.
Until recently, cancers were studied, researched, and treated based primarily on where in the body they occurred (kidneys, lungs, breast, etc.).
Today, however, the approach to fighting cancer is changing, with new treatments including gene therapy, stem cell treatments, and even use of safely altered viruses to reprogram our immune cells. Researchers are developing new genetic, lab, and imaging tests for cancer. They’re pinpointing ways to reduce risk, generating targeted treatments that take into account an individual cancer’s profile, and running clinical trials on promising new treatments.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Crowdfunding for the cure
Along with breakthrough approaches to treatment, the approach to fundraising for breast cancer research is also changing, thanks to crowdfunding. As of this writing, there are more than 3,300 breast-cancer-related fundraisers on YouCaring. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—and there’s no better time for you to launch a fundraiser and raise funds for breast cancer research.
Starting a breast cancer research fundraiser is easy. You don’t need an official partnership with a nonprofit organization to raise funds for it—you simply donate the funds you raise to that organization at the end of your campaign.
Choose an organization to raise funds for
Before launching your fundraiser, have a clear plan for where you want to donate any funds raised. Name the organization in your description, as well as in the top right corner of your fundraiser page. If you’re raising funds for more than one organization, specify what percentage of funds raised will go to each.
Wondering which breast cancer support and research organizations to donate your funds to? Here are some highly regarded organizations doing great work :
- BREM foundation
- Breast Cancer Family Foundation
- National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Cuddle My Kids
And here’s a sampling of inspiring fundraisers related to breast cancer running right now on YouCaring:
“My mother died in her early thirties from breast cancer. I was three years old. In 2015, at the age of 38, I got tested for the genetic mutation BRCA. A BRCA mutation predisposes a woman to very elevated risks of breast and ovarian cancer. My results came back positive. This mutation, plus my family history, placed me at extremely high risk of developing aggressive—and potentially fatal—breast and ovarian cancer.”
“Our mission is to bridge the gap between the medical and wellness communities, by funding and delivering complementary therapies that support the physical and emotional needs of those with breast cancer during treatment and beyond. We educate women in our community about the role of healthy lifestyle choices in the prevention of disease and the promotion of wellness.”
“Grey has chosen to dedicate his 2016–2017 wrestling season to raising awareness and money for breast cancer support. Some people choose to give a one-time donation. Grey likes to add some competition to the fundraising by encouraging people to pledge a set amount per win this season (there is also an option for an alternate amount when that win is by pin) … Last season Grey won about 45 matches (with 10 pins). He is excited this year to be donating to a local organization called Cuddle My Kids, which offers emotional support for kids whose parents are dealing with cancer.”
“This effort honors our beloved Louise and all the other brave young women who have lost or will lose their battle with breast cancer. Help us raise money for research that will help doctors and scientists understand why some women develop breast cancer at such a very young age, and how to improve their chances of survival. Help us save the next daughter, sister, mother, or friend. The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live… desirous of everything at the same time… the ones who never say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. —Jack Kerouac”
“I am running to raise money for two organizations: The Cancer Connection, a local organization that has offered me and hundreds of others touched by cancer invaluable support, and MET UP, a national organization ‘committed to changing the landscape of metastatic cancer through direct action.’ I am running for the one in eight women in the United States alone who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and for the more than 40,000 women who die in this country each year because of metastatic breast cancer. I am running because we are ALL survivors, for as long as we live, and I am lucky enough to be living, still.”
“The Better Together fundraiser is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer; bringing support to breast cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones; and raising vital funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s programs that provide women help for today and hope for tomorrow.”
Get started now
The cure is in the future; the time for action is now. Start your free fundraiser for breast cancer research on YouCaring and crowdfund for the cure. Check out the bald ballerina’s success story for more inspiration.