The canSURVIVE© fundraiser helps to raise awareness to the general public on the various cancers people are diagnosed with and surviving with on a daily basis. Along with their individual photograph of each cancer survivor, is their story of how they survived the journey in their own words.
canSURVIVE© is a fundraiser celebrating cancer survivors, and benefiting Needs Beyond Medicine©. Needs Beyond Medicine© is a nonprofit organization dedicated to diminishing the burden of cancer by increasing awareness, education, and giving relief to cancer patients. The organization’s Relief Program is the primary means of support for patients. Through this program, Needs Beyond Medicine© offers small financial grants to cancer patients. These grants are designed to help with 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 600 cancer patients who have received them since the inception of the program. The Needs Beyond Medicine© organization is funded completely by donations. Needs Beyond Medicine offers cancer education presentations throughout the state. This helps educate the public on signs and symptoms on various cancers.
Chad Hurst is an award-winning photographer who was diagnosed with bladder cancer at the age of 21. Chad‘s personal battle with cancer has helped shape his life, and it gave him the inspiration for canSURVIVE. “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing the doctor say those words, ‘you have cancer’. And nothing more liberating than hearing that you’ve beaten it.” Chad’s work can be seen in major advertising campaigns and magazines, as well as at: www.chadhurst.com
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.