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?
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.
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.
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.
Josh juggles marriage and three children, he has found time to dedicate to the
American Cancer Society.
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.
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:
is sure to have at least a few of these resources. Find out how you can help
support and further their services.
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.
for students with cancer include:
of Scott: Scott Delgadillo Scholarship
Siemers Foundation for Hope: Life Grant
Advocate Foundation: PAF Scholarship
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.