National Foundation for Cancer Research

Rating: 4.15 stars   61 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: 4600 East West Highway Suite 525 Bethesda MD 20814 USA

Mission: The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) was founded in 1973 to support cancer research and public education relating to the prevention, early diagnosis, better treatments and ultimately, a cure for cancer. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside. NFCR is committed to Research for a Cure - cures for all types of cancers.
Results: 40 years of supporting cancer research! Today, we stand proudly beside more than 11 million cancer survivors living in the United States. Since 1973, we have provided more than $320 million to fund cancer research and prevention education. NFCR has allowed some of the world's brightest scientists to take initial steps toward breakthrough discoveries, laying the groundwork for the development of many of today's most innovative and effective cancer therapies. NFCR is making a difference in the lives of millions of cancer patients and their families worldwide.
Target demographics: The National Foundation for Cancer Research affects people all over the world - we all know someone who has been touched by cancer. Our discoveries in the laboratory turn into life-saving cancer treatments, many of which you read about in the news today! To learn more, visit www.NFCR.org.
Direct beneficiaries per year: cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones
Geographic areas served: cancer research
Programs: funding cancer research programs all over the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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As a professional currently working with many different charities, and in my former role on staff at NFCR, I can say without hesitation that this is a charity that makes every attempt to fund the best cancer research in the world. Take a look at the institutions the scientists they fund work for -- Yale, MD Anderson, Dana Farber, Georgetown. The impact of NFCR's work is far reaching, truly global -- and that's a good thing.

This year my business partner was diagnosed with breast cancer and without the assistance of NFCR's leadership team and science network, things could have turned out much different. Thankfully, she now has a clean bill of health except for a year's treatment of Herceptin (a drug which NFCR's funding helped create).

The fact that NFCR spends its money on research in the lab (as opposed to running high-profile awareness events, or courting company sponsorships) is what inspires me to support their mission. The fact that they've had the vision to seek out, and align the efforts of, the best scientists from all over the world shows to me that they know what it takes to accelerate the pace of bringing an end to this terrible disease.

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I am a donor of the National Foundation for Cancer Research. As a cancer survivor and a scientist working in the field of biomedical research, I believe the research funded by this foundation is focused on addressing the key challenges facing the early detection of cancer and the drug resistance problems related to cancer treatment. I make my donations to encourage them to continue doing these research that would give cancer patients more chance to survive longer with improved quality of life.

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2014

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On the Thanksgiving Day in 2014, I am very thankful for being given the opportunity to work at this foundation for 12 years, which has allowed me to make my personal contributions to the field of cancer research that brings clinical benefits to millions of cancer patients in the US and around the world. What I like most about this foundation is its mission to find cures for cancer by doing research and its collaborative approach to speed up the process of translating the research results from laboratories into clinical benefits to cancer patients. Since I joined this foundation in 2002, I have witnessed many research breakthroughs coming out of the research labs funded by NFCR, and more promising research progress will be made in 2015 and beyond. I will continue to work here and keep doing the very best I can to find cures for cancer and to save lives of cancer patients.

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I worked at this organization briefly, realized they really don't care much about cancer but how to connect with privileged people from China and the U.S. Of course, ever since Ba and the president got married, they shifted their focus heavily to China. They spend tons of money on "fundraising" event in Cancun, Mexico, to accommodate government officials from China. And I remember Ba, the wife, who is Chief Operation Officer, only fly non-stop/ first class flight and is member of many luxurious hotels and clubs. They even bring their family businesses at work, asked employees to do paperwork for their son's passport and Chinese visa. They hired some really nice Americans to be the donor relationship officers, who usually make really friendly, nice phone calls to follow up. But remember, this is not the foundation who can fulfill your wish and help cancer research.

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My experience has been positive with this charity- I care about research and that is their focus. They respond to my gift promptly and frequently send me updates on progress. I think we need to judge charities on the effectiveness of their stated mission.

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I have been a Volunteer for NFCR for over 10 years. It his by far the single most rewarding experience I have ever had. NFCR funds cutting edge cancer research that saves lives. I have interacted with the entire NFCR team. It is a very impressive group their commitment to reach their goals never waivers.

I have Chaired a Fund Raising Golf tournament for over 6 years. Our Golf Tournament has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars that have gone directly to Cancer research. NFCR goes out of their way to help anyone find a Clinical Trial that could help save their life.
I am very proud to be affiliated with such an outstanding organization.

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I have been a volunteer for National Foundation For Cancer Research for over 6 years.
The commitment to finding a cure to multiple Cancers is unbelievable!!
They are without a doubt the most advanced in working with the top scientist globally.
I am very proud to say that I volunteer for such a first class and caring organization.
Sarah Funt

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My wife and I have volunteered for NFCR for over 10 years helping them with many fundraising events including auctions, golf tournaments, and fundraisers partnered with such charities as Wounded Warriors. We've seen much of the wonderful and cutting edge approaches to cancer treatment that they pioneered yield countless successful treatments. We are both very impressed with the number of leading cancer researchers that they have provided funding for resulting in unique lab bench to operating room protocols and methods of cancer treatment being delivered to deserving patients quickly and effectively. We are pleased and proud to be associated with NFCR, an outstanding local Bethesda, MD research charity and encourage others to experience the satisfaction of donating their time, money, and other resources to NFCR as we have for over a decade.

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The most effective and expedient "bench to bedside" research teams in the business. Truly customized individual treatment plans are their specialty since no two cancers and patients are exactly the same. Very responsive to requests for referrals to the best oncology professionals and facilities. The vast majority of contributions go directly to research and not overhead. I have worked with them as a volunteer for over 8 years and never cease to be impressed.

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2012

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I have been involved with NFCR for many years helping to raise the awareness of individually designed cancer treatment protocols. Many people don't realize that cancer is an intensively personal disease that requires an individual approach to treatment that relates directly to your specific physical makeup. The most effective treatment plan is often not a "try everything and hope for the best" appraoch.

NFCR is aligned with leading scientific thinkers advocating individually crafted treatment protocols for cancer. They are dedicated to the proposition that your cancer is not identical to others; that attention to your individual needs will ultimately yield the most optimal outcomes possible. I have seen the remarkable results.

This is why I have dedicated time and effort to support NFCR in their quest to defeat cancer one person at a time. I am convinced that there's no better way to go.

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Seeing the results of the individual approach to treatment over many years has convinced me that this aproach has opened the door to a more enlightened understanding of the mystery that is cancer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the awareness that NFCR is making such customized treatments available to patients today. What they are doing is not simply theoretical or just a mass of laboratory research. It is happening now.

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My experience with National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) for the last 11 years has been wonderful. They have a unique way to distribute their funding to maximize the impact on cancer research. Do not take my words. Learn more about NFCR yourself. You will like it.

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Founder of the National Foundation for Cancer Research charged with bilking $25.7 million in fraud scheme.

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Two charged with bilking hundreds in fraud scheme

Fri, May 02 18:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities on Friday charged a California firm with bilking hundreds of investors of almost $26 million in an illegal commodities trading scheme, in a complaint that said one owner used $1 million in victims' funds to invest in a golf course.

Futures regulators and law enforcement agencies froze the assets of Safevest LLC, of Mission Viejo, California. The firm and its owners and officers, Jon Ervin and John Slye, were named in a complaint by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Ervin, who operated the firm, was arrested on a federal wire fraud charge, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of California.

In addition to allegedly using victims' funds to invest in a golf course in Georgia, the U.S. attorney said Ervin spent more than $41,000 to buy a sport utility vehicle.

The agencies allege that Safevest solicited some 550 investors to transfer $25.7 million in funds to participate in a commodity-trading pool.

Instead of their promise to deposit customer funds into accounts for trading commodity futures, Safevest "misappropriated virtually all customer funds," the CFTC said.

Many of the fraud victims were parishioners recruited by Slye, an ordained minister and pastor of a church in Washington, D.C., and a founder and former board member of the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

CFTC alleges that Safevest misrepresented to clients that the firm consistently produced daily profits between 0.5 percent to 1.0 percent trading commodity futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Besides skimming investor funds to pay their personal expenses, Slye and Ervin allegedly used at least $18.5 million to pay off other pool participants in a manner characteristic of a "Ponzi scheme."

A Ponzi scheme is one that involves paying high returns to investors out of the money paid in by subsequent investors, rather than from actual profits generated by a real business, and encouraging the original investors to find new recruits.

The Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a lawsuit against Safevest and Ervin on Friday.

(Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Leslie Adler)

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0230678320080502?src=RSS-USN

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