Donating money for cancer patients is one way to help those in need—but, as cancer continues to ravage countless lives around the globe, support for cancer research is just as vital.
Often when a person is diagnosed with cancer, he or she may start looking into ways to access assistance: programs that offer transportation to appointments, loans that provide money for cancer patients, employment-assistance initiatives to help people in recovery get back to work. While all of those efforts are vital, cancer patients may also find a source of comfort from giving back. Patients with cancer are part of a worldwide community, and investing in efforts to make that community smaller year by year can help those fighting their personal battle feel a bit more empowered and inspired.
Here are a few ways that cancer patients, along with their loved ones, can support cancer research:
To really understand the root causes of cancer, researchers need to see the disease in action, and one of the best ways to do that is through live tissue. Agencies like the National Cancer Institute run large-scale research studies to which patients can donate tissue. Healthy tissue may also sometimes be needed, so family and friends of those fighting cancer should also explore this option.
Organize a penny drive:
A penny may not seem like much in the grand scheme of the need for money for cancer patients, but every cent counts. A penny drive in your neighborhood, through a child’s athletic group or at a local business can be a good way for the entire community of supporters surrounding a patient to do their part to give back.
Take part in a research study:
Clinical trials are going on every day around the country as researchers look for innovative ways to fuse science and technology in the fight against cancer. Anyone considering participating in a research study should consult with their oncologist first, as well as explore frequently asked questions and considerations, such as those provided by the Cancer Research Institute.