I learned about this wonderful organization two years ago when my wife died of OAT small cell lung cancer within two weeks after diagnosis. There was no known satisfactory treatment or cure for it.
The beauty of Stop Cancer is that if you are able to make a research grant, it is YOU that can research and pick the team to do it from scientists at USC, UCLA and City of Hope. I made a grant, met the scientists (at City of Hope) and, believe it or not, they are actually on to a treatment that WILL SAVE LIVES, It was a long shot and it worked. Hope to go into clinical trials soon. They are living up to their motto of Funding Research and Finding Cures.
Stop Cancer is an amazing organization. This organization support 3 comprehensive hospitals in the city of Los Angeles. They provide research money for doctors who have new ideas that have not been tested. The organization support them for 3 years and they also get matching funds from there hospitals. The group also provide education and patient services. Small staff there most of the funds go for research.
I became a donor/member of Stop Cancer about 20 years ago and have been so impressed with their mission statement. I can actually follow my donations to current cancer research and to cancer centers and even to specific doctors at these centers. I don't believe there are many (if any) non profit organizations where you can see results of your contributions.
I became involved as a supporter of Stop cancer in the beginning years, the 1980s. I remember one of the Co Founders, Armand Hammer, stating emphatically that it was his "dream to find a cure for cancer in [his] lifetime." This was very bold as he was in his late 80s at the time. Tremendous progress has been made: Stop Cancer seed grants and career development awards have been bestowed upon cutting edge investigators who are finding inroads to cures, immunology, and prevention. Funds raised by Stop Cancer are granted to scientists at, and matched by, the 3 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Los Angeles. Many such researchers have shown great promise in their discoveries and have used their awards as a stepping stone to attract grants from the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute.
I became very interested in Stop Cancer when my father was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. I questions his specialists about the treatments he would be receiving, how they would affect the tumor and what we could expect in terms of eliminating cancer . At the time my parents were already very involved in Stop Cancer and I became more interested in the group and where their funds were going. I began to attend their research awards evenings honoring the researchers they were giving grants. They were exciting to listen to and they were incredibly insightful. I felt a feeling of hope to find a cure and knew that Stop Cancer would be a huge player in helping them reach that goal. Stop Cancer works with the top institutions and their researchers. I believe highly in the work they do! I am excited about the future of the group and the new generations of members that have become a part of the cure.
As a surgeon, I am proud to be a member of STOP CANCER. With the assistance of the STOP CANCER administration, I was able to set up a fund in memory of my patient's husband who succumbed to a malignant brain tumor. This fund helped to provide a seed grant for a very important brain tumor research project at UCLA. This type of activity is what makes STOP CANCER so potent, and so vital.