Mission: The Cancer Schmancer Movement is dedicated to saving women's lives through early detection of cancer. We are:
• transforming women from patients into informed medical consumers
• educating women on the importance and methods of early detection
• shifting this nation’s priority from just looking for a cure, to prevention and early detection.
Target demographics: Women
Geographic areas served: National
Programs: EARLY DETECTION FRAN VAN PROGRAM - Cancer Schmancer has discovered that there are many existing cancer-screening services for low-income individuals, the uninsured and underinsured; however, many of them are struggling to reach the people they have committed to serve, particularly women, because they just don’t have the capacity to get the message out. This is where Cancer Schmancer can have the greatest impact. Because of our belief in collaboration to achieve a higher goal, we have built a model to partner with local, existing cancer screening services for women in need in order to reach and build capacity. (These partners are screening equipment transport vans, mobile cancer screening vans, or local clinics/hospitals, depending on the greatest need of each community.)
As part of our capacity building, the Early Detection Fran Van program provides training to outreach volunteers who will help educate the communities and help women make and keep their screening appointments. This year, we are in the process of development and piloting this program in three cities, with an ultimate goal of development in cities across the US and eventually abroad.
WE THE FUTURE - mobilizes the youth of this country to engage in community education and fundraising initiatives in order to support Cancer Schmancer’s programs and share the life-saving message of early detection and living healthily. www.CancerSchmancer.org/wethefuture
While much of the activity of cancer related nonprofits center on finding the cure- of course an extremely important and admirable goal- this organization takes a different focus. Cancer Schmancer works on what we can do in the mean time. Advocacy and education for early detection provide the best chance we have right now. Inspired by Fran's story, I sought out a way to make a difference but in a different way. That's Cancer Schmancer. I was with them in NYC for their amazing showing at the Revlon/EIF Run-Walk, and I hope they only continue to grow and gain support for their important work.