Which Cancer Research Non-Profits Should You Support?

5 Great Cancer-Fighting Organizations You Should Donate To If You Want To Make A Difference

Where you donate matters.


Recently, I lost my aunt to her battle with breast cancer. In her memory, we wanted donations to be made to increase the funding for research to cure not only breast cancer but also the stage IV metastatic breast cancer, which is what took my aunt away from us.

Cancer is a difficult beast to tangle with because of its diversity and unique qualities with many people's cancer diagnoses. With cancer affecting the lives of so many and then, in turn, touching everyone's lives, we cannot idly stand by and hope and pray that the doctors will discover something to stop the spread.

What is needed is action. What is needed is education so that you get tested early and frequently to make sure that you can live a long and great life. These things can't happen unless there is enough money behind programs to be able to go above and beyond what is currently available and put our medicinal research into the future.

Not every non-profit organization is created equal, as there are some that work more effectively towards a goal than others. Each non-profit has a mission statement which should specifically outline what the actual goals for the organization are.

With the myriad of non-profits available for cancer research, it can be difficult to decide which one works the best. Below is an outline of the cancer organizations that will make the most difference.

1. Cancer Research Institute

Mission: To support and coordinate research that will yield an understanding of the immune system and its response to cancer, with the ultimate goal of developing immunological methods for the treatment, control and prevention of the disease.

With an easy to navigate and easy to donate website, this organization focuses on immune-based ways to combat cancer. With 86 cents of every dollar put towards research, this is a great non-profit to donate to.

2. Susan G. Komen

Mission: Save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Solely focused on breast cancer, this organization runs many nationwide events to raise money for the disease. While it has been criticized for not having enough of the money donated go directly to research, if you have a loved one affected by breast cancer, this is usually the organization to go through.

3. Mission4Maureen

Mission: To provide financial assistance to families who are burdened with the staggering cost of brain cancer treatment.

One of the frequently overlooked problems with cancer is the cost of living with it and the damage that can make on families. This organization is centered around brain cancer and is based in Ohio for its treatments.

4. The Cure Starts Now

Mission: Educate, aid and fund the homerun cure for cancer, starting with one of the most difficult of all cancers, a rare form of brain cancer called DIPG.

This organization focuses on pediatric brain cancers, and in particular, the type called: DIPG. Pediatric cancer is a horrible way for a family to start off their lives, and the work to stop this is incredibly important as well. 100% of donations go towards research (minus the credit card fees).

5. Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio

Mission: To journey hand-in-hand with those who are afflicted with cancer by connecting individuals and their families to vital resources, providing hands-on support and creating programs that meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of cancer patients and their families in our community. They serve ALL cancers and ALL ages.

Targeted for northwest Ohio, this organization covers all of the bases and creates a connection, which is important for cancer fighters to have while going about their fight.

Overall, any group that is putting money towards cancer research is a good one, but there are ways to more effectively donate to further the research along. Being knowledgeable about where your money is going is also a benefit for your pocket as well.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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How To Avoid Getting Sick Your  Freshman Year

It's going to take a little more than an apple a day.


College is the prime time and place to catch a cold... or worse. Although, somehow I managed to crack the code to health and not get sick my whole first year of college. This is surprising considering I was living in the close (and very unsanitary) quarters of a dorm room.

1. Keep your diet somewhat healthy


I know how hard it is to eat healthy in college, especially on a low budget. But with the dining hall foods, you can at least include some vegetables and fruits into your everyday consumption. The vitamins in these foods will help keep your immune system up and it will be worth the effort.

2. Try to exercise a few times per week


Even if you're just getting out of the dorm for a thirty minute walk, it will benefit your body. If you decide to up your routine from that, even better! The more endorphins, the more you will feel better inside and out.

3. Cut back on the drinking if you feel a cold coming on


Surprisingly, many college students don't seem to know that alcohol lowers your immune system. Of course, for some people theres no way of avoiding drinking. But if you can at least give your body rest days, it will be extremely beneficial.

4. Invest in a dehumidifier for your dorm room


I believe this was a very big player in helping me not get sick. The dehumidifier helps reduce dust and other particles in the air. This will help not agitate your allergies and you will feel more clear headed.

5. Try not to share personal products


Sharing things like towels, makeup, unwashed cups, etc. can all be causes of a sickness being passed around you and your friends. Of course sharing is caring, just make sure it's sanitary.

6. Be conscientious of who you kiss!


Make sure that your girlfriend, boyfriend, or "its complicated" person is not sick before you're getting cozy with them.

7. Drink lots of green tea!


Personally, I credit green tea and its anti-oxidants for keeping the flu away and even getting rid of bugs that might be forming in your system. So if you feel like you might be developing a cold, chug that tea!

I know how annoying these tips may be. But I promise, if you implement at least a few it could reduce your chances of feeling horrible during midterms in the winter, and sneezing all over your finals in the fall.

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