Our mission is, quite simply, to do all we can to kick cancer to the curb - whether that's increasing awareness, encouraging activism, fundraising for research, or getting students signed up for lifesaving national registries.
Cancer Sucks! accomplishes its mission in three ways.
When one hears the word "cancer", what usually comes to mind is a single patient, in the hospital, undergoing treatment. What doesn't always come to mind is how pervasive a cancer diagnosis is in the life of not only the patient, but also those of their loved ones and friends. Upon receiving a cancer diagnosis, the last thing that anyone wants to think about is paying the electric bill or the slim chances of getting a life-saving transplant. To ease the burden that cancer places on its patients, Cancer Sucks! has three tangible goals.
First, we work to raise money and recruit volunteers for the awesome organization Bringing Hope Home, based in Wayne, PA. BHH provides one-time financial grants to families battling cancer, helping them to pay their household bills in addition to paying for cancer care.
Second, we work with DKMS Americas to organize National Bone Marrow Registry drives to get Haverford students signed up for the National Marrow Donor Program. One of us can be a life-saving match for someone with blood cancer.
Finally, we also plan to partner with existing campus groups such as Relay for Life to get even more students on campus involved in the fight against cancer. Every last person helps.
In memoriam Katharine C. Eckman