Aug 21, 2019
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How Can I Give Back to College Students with Cancer?

A friend of mine recently died of cancer. She was a sophomore in college, and she had so much ahead of her in life. I’m working through my grief, but I’d like to do my part to help other college students suffering from this devastating disease. What can I do to give back?

We’re sorry for your loss and touched that you want to give back to such a good cause. Cancer does not discriminate, so unfortunately, many college students suffer from the disease. In fact, it’s estimated that one in every 100 college students is a cancer survivor.

Students who are attending college and battling cancer face an unimaginable situation. Treatment is both terrifying and uncomfortable (to say the least). Little support is available on campus, and in many cases, students are not treated well at college campus health clinics.

One of the best things you can do is donate money to support a cause that focuses on college students battling cancer, such as the American Cancer Society. Recording artist Josh Pfeiffer has helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society and many other celebrities have supported the organization, including Tony Bennett, Reese Witherspoon, Ann Curry, Lady Antebellum and more.

Pfeiffer is big into philanthropy, and he shows how you can get started with raising money for cancer. He donated profits from his single Life to victims of the Northern California wildfires. He also raised funds for the Parkinson’s Foundation through a performance. You can do this, too even if you’re not a singer. Donate your time to the foundations you’re interested in supporting, or give what you can even if that means products for kids with cancer.

Even though Josh juggles marriage and three children, he has found time to dedicate to the American Cancer Society.

The organization helps support college students through its Cancer Action Network program. It has active chapters on nearly 600 campuses. The organization advocates for laws and policies aimed at preventing cancer. They also offer emotional support to those who are suffering from cancer and family members of those suffering from cancer.

Donating is a great first step, but volunteering your time can go a long way in making a real difference in other people’s lives. Participate in fundraising events, or find how you can get involved in hosting your own event to raise money for a charity that focuses on cancer prevention, treatment and support. These organizations are making major strides in funding cancer research efforts.

You may also be able to help in other ways by donating or volunteering with one of the many on-campus support resources available, such as:

  • Disability centers
  • Counseling centers
  • Cancer support groups
  • Campus advocacy groups

Your campus is sure to have at least a few of these resources. Find out how you can help support and further their services.

There are many scholarships available for college students who are battling cancer or have survived cancer. There are even scholarships for family members of cancer victims. These scholarship programs can help alleviate the financial burden of a college education.

Scholarships for students with cancer include:

  • Friends of Scott: Scott Delgadillo Scholarship
  • Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope: Life Grant
  • Patient Advocate Foundation: PAF Scholarship
  • Kids 4 Kids: Kids 4 Kids with Cancer Scholarship

Cancer is a devastating disease, so if you know someone who is battling it, your friendship and care can make a world of difference. Offer your support and assistance to help make their life just a tiny bit easier. Sometimes, just knowing that you’re not alone brings an enormous amount of comfort.

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