This is the face of a cancer survivor

IMG_0431Lately, I’ve been inundated with fund-raising efforts for cancer organizations. I just say, no.

I know it makes me look uncaring. Like many of you, I have lost a loved one to cancer. When I was taking care of him, no organization helped me with his care or the bills.

No organization was there when I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.

So here are the reasons why I won’t give to cancer non-profit organizations:

  1. I am on a fixed income. I can barely pay my own bills plus medical bills. The medical bills include hospital, surgery, anesthesiologist, and surgeon. It includes the endocrinologist who keeps my thyroid hormones level so I don’t get cancer again.
  2. I have other conditions that require doctors’ care. I won’t go into them here. But if you want to read about Wegener’s Granulomatosis, then read my book “In the Shadow of Death: Reflections from a Wegener’s Granulomatosis patient.”
  3. I like to eat.

But the main reason I won’t donate to these charities is because so many of them have high administrative costs and very little of the money goes to research. Some of them have been charged with fraud. 

American Cancer Society may be one of the better ones, but it still uses 59.2 percent on its services and programs (reported by Charity Navigator.)

I used to feel the pressure to give. I used to want to help others and was all for an organization that would spend our donated dollars on research. I am older now and wiser.

Maybe one day I will hit the lottery or jackpot, and then I can start my own non-profit organization that focuses only on research of rare autoimmune diseases and cancer. Then maybe I could save someone else’s husband who has rapidly progressive cancer.

It’s a nice pipe dream.


7 thoughts on “This is the face of a cancer survivor

  1. I hear you. So many siphon such a high percentage of the funds off. I am very careful about where I donate, now, as we’ve been fooled by the “Pink Ribbon” campaign too long.

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