Breast Cancer Awareness, Day 12

Komen is the only place most people know of when it comes to making donations for breast cancer. What to do if you’re not enamored with Komen?

It depends on what you want your money to go to.

If you want to help someone who is already diagnosed, go to your local cancer treatment center and tell them what you want to do. Because of HIPPA, they’re not going to give you someone’s name (I hope!) but you might be able to make a donation to a person’s treatment expenses*. There are also volunteer opportunities in most places for people who need rides. (Many people on chemo can’t drive home because of either how they react to the chemo or how they react to other drugs given.) There was (is?) a guy somewhere (if you have a link to info about this guy, tell me! I’ll post it!) who goes into the infusion room at the local hospital and takes Starbucks orders and treats everyone to a drink once a week.

Most people seem to want to donate to aid research efforts. (Please remember all of the tips on BPA, high-fat diets, gaining weight with age — we learned all of that from research. Use it!!)

That said, as far as I know, the following organizations are reputable. If you have information to the contrary, please let me know. They are in no particular order.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund

Nancy R Gelman Foundation


Also — I meant to include this link with yesterday’s post and forgot. I went back and added it in, but if you’re an e-mail subscriber, you wouldn’t see that update.

*I can’t imagine going through any cancer experience without having health insurance. My hospital stay, procedures, medications, chemotherapy, radiation, etc., etc. cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. If I had no insurance, I would have accepted money from just about anywhere to have done what needed to be done.

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