canSURVIVE© was originally proposed to Needs Beyond Medicine© by Chad Hurst in 2008. It was meant to be a way to raise awareness of the organization and drive funds into the various programs Needs Beyond Medicine© offers. Being a cancer survivor himself, and a photographer by trade, Chad wanted to capture cancer survivors through his photo lens and let them describe in their own words what it means to be a cancer survivor.
In 2009, with the additional resources of Heather Hurst and Needs Beyond Medicine’s Executive Philip Brown, the first canSURVIVE© gala became a reality. The first fundraiser was held on September 24, 2009 at the Depot in Salt Lake City. This unique gallery fundraiser featured the photographs and inspirational stories of more than two dozen cancer survivors. The event was a huge success and, after Chad graciously volunteered to continue photographing these amazing cancer survivors, 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 has. It speaks to the need for enhanced awareness of cancer prevention, and increased support for people going through cancer treatment. We appreciate all of the survivors who have graciously 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 reach out to other communities and help additional people in need.