Needs Beyond Medicine presents canSURVIVE as the annual fundraiser celebrating cancer survivors. The event is the key fundraiser each November for Needs Beyond Medicine’s Relief Program. All cancer survivors are photographed by Chad Hurst.

How It Began

canSURVIVE History

canSURVIVE was originally proposed to Needs Beyond Medicine by Chad Hurst in 2008. It was meant to serve as a means of raising awareness of the organization and to drive funds into the various programs that Needs Beyond Medicine offers. Being a cancer survivor himself and a photographer by trade, Chad yearned to capture other brave stories of cancer survivors through his photo lens as they describe in their own words what it means to be a survivor.

In 2009, with the additional resources of Heather Hurst and Needs Beyond Medicine’s CEO Philip Brown, the first canSURVIVE gala became a reality. The initial fundraiser was held on September 24, 2009 at the Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah. This unique gallery fundraiser featured the photographs and inspirational stories of more than two dozen cancer survivors. Chad even graciously volunteered to continue photographing these amazing cancer survivors.  Because of its enormous success, the Needs Beyond Medicine organization chose to continue the event as an annual fundraiser.

The canSURVIVE gallery touches people in a way that no past event ever has before. It speaks to the need for increased support of people going through cancer treatment and the necessity of enhanced awareness towards cancer prevention. We appreciate all of the survivors who have generously donated their time and shared their inspirational stories in support of canSURVIVE. With the help of sponsors and public donations, canSURVIVE has the ability to further reach out into other communities and help additional people in need.

canSURVIVE is dedicated to the memory of:
Karen Poulsen Brown (9/29/46-9/9/96)
Karen battled Ovarian Cancer for a year and a half  before the cancer took her precious life.


Chad Hurst/Co-Founder

Heather Hurst/Co-Founder

Philip Brown / Co-Founder


Number of Cancer Survivors Photographed through 2017


Dollars Raised from canSURVIVE


Successful Years of Fundraising


Cancer Patients Assisted through the Relief Program through 2017

About Us

Supporting Survivors

canSURVIVE is an annual  fundraiser celebrating cancer survivors. The event is produced by  Needs Beyond Medicine and funds go directly to the Relief Program. Needs Beyond Medicine is a nonprofit organization dedicated to decreasing the burden of cancer. We do so by increasing awareness, providing education, and assisting current cancer patients with non-medical related essential living costs through the Relief Program. This program is Needs Beyond Medicine’s primary means of support for cancer survivors, offering small financial grants to survivors in order to help them cover non-medical expenses such as food, utility bills, transportation to therapy, etc. The grants (maximum $250) have helped enhance the quality of life for over 1,000 cancer patients since the inception of the program. The Needs Beyond Medicine organization is funded completely by donations.

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canSURVIVE 2018- 10 Year Celebration

Fundraising for canSURVIVE  is DONATION BASED.  By attending the gallery stroll and contributing, you are helping make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors. Any amount of money donated will be appreciated.  All proceeds from the event are used to help cancer patients currently undergoing treatment.

canSURVIVE 2018
Date: November 2, 2018
Location: The Falls Event Center (Salt Lake)
580 So 600 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Time: 5:00-9:30 pm
The event will be black tie


Event Sponsors-2018

Supporting Sponsor: Coming Soon

Bar sponsored by Dented Brick Distillery 

canSURVIVE 2017 Commercial

In The News

Mountain Views on PCTV
Speaking with Terry Burden about canSURVIVE 2017: Click Here

‘CONTACT’ Interview on KUED Channel 7
Speaking with Mary to promote canSURVIVE 2017: Click Here

Fresh Living Segment on KUTV Channel 2
Interview segment with Philip Brown in regards to canSURVIVE 2016 and Needs Beyond Medicine: Click Here

canSURVIVE 2016 on Mountain Views (PCTV)
Talking with Terry Burden on the upcoming fundraiser : Part One & Part Two

canSURVIVE 2015 on KUTV
Chad Hurst, canSURVIVE photographer and Philip Brown were guests on KUTV noon show, original air date 11.11.15: Click Here

canSURVIVE 2014 on KUTV
Philip Brown & Kathy Commander were guest to help promote canSURVIVE 2014 original air date 10.29.2014: Click Here 

canSURVIVE 2012 Featured on KUTV: Philip Brown was featured on November 2,2012 during the noon hour:Click Here 

canSURVIVE 2012 Featured on KSL: Son of cancer victim helps others through unique aid: Click Here

canSURVIVE 2012 Event Video: Click Here

canSURVIVE 2010 Was Highlighted in Deseret News: Can-do attitude: canSURVIVE© exhibit reflects struggles, triumphs of cancer survivors: Click Here 

canSURVIVE 2010 Event Video: Click Here

Contact Us

To request more information on canSURVIVE or the Needs Beyond Medicine organization, or if you have questions and concerns, please feel free to call or email us. If you have a medical question or concern, please contact your local physician. Feedback on your experience attending a canSURVIVE event is always appreciated, and can be given via telephone or email.

Cancer Survivors

Survivors would you like to take part in our annual fundraiser? By having your picture and story showcased at canSURVIVE?  Please feel free to contact us with your name and best way to contact you for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

We make it easy on you and ask only for about an hour of your time for the photo shoot. We will give you more details once you are contacted.

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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 521618
Salt Lake City, UT 84152

General Email

Phone Number

385.645.4NBM (4626)