My involvement: Volunteer Chair, New York City Affiliate
Why: My strong, beautiful aunt was diagnosed with stage iv pancreatic cancer in 2012. Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all cancers and is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., killing as many as breast cancer. Yet it receives just 2% of the federal cancer research budget. This is why, each year, thousands of passionate individuals come together to raise funds and grow awareness about pancreatic cancer. The faster it can be diagnosed, the faster we can try to fix it.
Programs: PurpleStride / TEAMHOPE
My involvement: To date, I have raised over $8,000 for the National MS Society, as well as volunteered for one of their summer programs
Why: A few years ago, my best friend’s mother was diagnosed with MS, and I decided to become involved with the MS Society. One summer, a group of my close friends volunteered for the annual Kids Camp. It is a place where children who have parents affected by MS can get together and see that they are not the only ones who have been impacted by this disease. It was truly inspiring, and I would like to help raise money to ensure more programs are being implemented, as well as promote advocacy.
Programs: Bike MS / Walk MS / Challenge Walk / Race to Stop MS
My involvement: I volunteered with a similar organization in college [Boomerangs] and helped out at the bookstore cafe in Soho!
Why: While I don’t have a personal connection, HIV/AIDS is a health concern that has always troubled me. HousingWorks is a NYC based non-profit that provides housing, educational services, meals, medical services, etc to the homeless and impoverished in NYC. They have taken a very interesting approach at how to raise funds – not only do they go through the typical fundraising protocol – they also have several thrift stores and a bookstore cafe in NYC.
Programs: Get involved by volunteering at one of the thrift stores or bookstore