I am raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where my Aunt Liz receives her cancer treatments. I recently finished hiking 132 miles of the Appalachian Trail and Long Path through New Jersey and into New York with my boyfriend, Nick, to promote this fundraiser. My goal is to raise $500. Thank you for supporting me and the work of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Here is more information on my aunt’s cancer:
Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET) cancer is an unusual cancer that develops in the endocrine system – it can start in the pancreas (as in Liz’s case), lungs, gastrointestinal, or liver.
NET can take years to diagnose since symptoms are similar to common conditions. Sometimes it is found by accident (as in Liz’s case).
In most cases, once diagnosed it has already metastasized to other organs (as in Liz’s case). In these cases, removal via surgery is not an option so treatments are focused on slowing tumor growth.
Here is some information about where your donations will go:
86% of donations go to “patient care, research, and community services.” 14% goes towards administrative costs.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has a 92.6 out of 100 on Charity Navigator.
Patient care includes “programs that serve the emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of our patients and their families throughout their care, and help them cope with the demands and effects of cancer treatment.”
Patient care also includes “survivorship programs as well as programs that focus on the long-term physical, emotional, and social effects of cancer treatment.”
“Early-stage research is not eligible for federal funding.” Donations fund that research.
Donation increase the number of “genetically-based clinical trails.”
Donations fund fellowship programs which train doctors and researchers fighting cancer.
Donations also allows the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to bring “education, screening, and treatment to Boston’s neighborhoods and surrounding communities.”