In addition to its position as one of the premier cancer research support organizations in the U.S., the National Foundation for Cancer Research has also long served as a trusted resource for all. Our organization is doing everything in our power to bolster efforts by many of the most brilliant scientists in the country in their quests to deeply understand cancer, reveal its vulnerabilities and mercilessly attack the disease.
Tremendous progress is being made. But more than one in every three Americans will face a personal battle with the disease. And until this rate declines dramatically, NFCR’s role as a trusted and valued community resource will remain vital.
Our community-support efforts were recognized on May 21 by NBC4. Citing her leadership of NFCR, the NBC television station of the nation’s capital honored President and CEO Sujuan Ba, Ph.D., for her contributions and accomplishments in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Through multiple channels and now more than ever, NFCR avails services of various forms—to all Americans. Here is a quick sample:
- In conjunction with HonorHealth, a large Arizona-based hospital system, NFCR offers the Cancer Patient Navigation Hotline, which connects cancer patients and their loved ones with certified oncology doctors and nurses. Knowing that a cancer diagnosis comes with panic, confusion, uncertainty and many questions, we offer this service so as to provide assistance during a difficult time. A patient or family member is linked to professionals that can help and educate them along their cancer journey. No fee of any kind is associated with the service, and results and feedback have been positive and strong.
- Another NFCR platform, Faces & Voices of Cancer, serves as a place for those touched by cancer to share their stories and be inspired. Patients, caregivers, researchers, donors, survivors and those who have lost loved ones—all are among the many of this very special online community. It’s a place to raise your voice, tell your story and remind others that no one is alone in confronting cancer.
- Our vaunted public education pieces serve to concisely offer up-to-date best practices, guidelines and suggestions on topics varying from cancer prevention measures to cancer screening calendars. Diet, exercise and other disease-fighting lifestyle tips are among the most popular examples of the former, while our oft-updated one-pager, Cancer Detection Guidelines, has long served as a quick-and-easy reference chart for millions of households. Delivered through direct mail, digitally and at hundreds of annual events affiliated with NFCR, the information, by design, is highly accessible and immediately actionable.
In addition to funding Research for a Cure, we will continue to serve the community with these and other cancer awareness and support tools and other services.