Thursday, April 22, 2010


A need in America that is close to my heart is the fight against cancer. Few people today have not been affected by cancer in some way: either they are currently battling cancer themselves or have fought it in the past, or a family member or friend of theirs has. My own life has been affected by cancer in many different ways. My grandmother, my best friend's mom, and my own mother are all cancer survivors. A family that is involved in my brothers' basketball team lost their 14-year-old son to cancer, and just a few days ago, a woman in my church died of bone cancer. It is a miracle that my mother is even alive today, and I would love to see others be able to experience this kind of victory over cancer.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is an organization I would be happy to donate money and time to help. This society's website,, states its goal as "eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service". The society offers information about cancer and support for those currently battling it, as well as opportunities for Americans to donate money and volunteer their time to find cures, including the Relay for Life. They also give prevention tips, such as advice to help quit smoking, and their research not only seeks to find a cure for cancer, but ways in which to prevent it.


  1. This would be a great charity to donate to and its amazing that your mom and grandma survived it.

  2. This is a great cause, especially with cancer affecting so many lives. My mom is a survivor too. Hopefully one day they'll find a cure and save a lot more lives.